Why I Began to Blog


As a senior pastor of a large church it’s hard to grow yourself in your position without feedback.  That’s why many years ago I started conducting an annual Senior Pastor review.  Based on my job description to lead the church, feed the body and weed out anything that distracts us from our mission, I created a template of simple open-ended questions and asked my deacons to fill them out anonymously.  They were collected and compiled by my chairman of the deacons and then given to me.  Over time I extended the review to all leaders. Like anyone, I quickly skipped over anything positive and nice and went straight for the negative or critical comments.  After spending a few days chewing on them and fighting back self-justification, I finally came down to a succinct list of needed changes, improvements or emphases.


Over the last 14 years of doing this job, one common complaint I’ve heard over and over, is that the church does a poor job of communicating.  So it was certainly no surprise when I saw this theme again this year.  Communication is key for a leader.  People simply cannot follow what we do not adequately share.  Someone once said, “People are down on whatever they’re not up on,” and I’ve found that to be true.

So, after resisting the world of blogging for the past 14 years, I finally decided to give it a try.  My hope is that by making a commitment to regularly share what’s brewing in our church, bubbling in my mind and burning in my heart, our people will experience greater clarity on what’s happening and connect to where our church is heading.

Oh, and one more lesson.  I’ve also learned that communication is a TWO WAY commitment.  I can’t count the number of times we as a church have attempted to promote an event by sending out letters, emails, phone trees, and postcards; put it in the bulletin for weeks, made multiple announcements, and blasted social media only to have someone comment, “Why didn’t anyone tell me about it!”

So here’s the deal.  I’ll commit to write it, but you have to commit to read it.  Get it….Good!

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37 comments on “Why I Began to Blog
  1. Morgan Hazel says:

    Yea! Great way to increase communication!!


  2. Angel Adams says:

    Got it! I look forward to reading your blog posts!

  3. Suzanne Kyger says:

    100% true! Communication is super crucial, and you are very good at it so I’m looking forward to your blog! Thanks for taking the time!!

    • Terri Massey says:

      Thank you Pastor Brian. We appreciate all the avenues of communication. There are so many options these days that people can use and I know it is time-consuming to try and have a presence in them all.

  4. Liza Hastings says:

    Looking forward to reading it! 🙂

  5. Michelle Hicks says:

    GOT IT! What a great idea! Looking forward to reading your post and having the opportunity to “chime in”! Thanks Pastor B!

  6. Jay Scott says:

    Tell pastor Adam he did a great job and I am looking forward to reading your blog!

  7. Karen says:

    Thanks for doing this. In addition to church-wide communication, I hope you will also pass along more of your wisdom. You have a lot of it!

  8. Alice Peterson says:

    Got it ! 🙂 thanks for keeping us up to speed

  9. Amy McClintock says:

    Got it! Thanks for doing this. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

  10. Tony Nichols says:

    Great Idea! Assuming you want it to happen, by posting a link on the ORBC Facebook page we each can share it on our individual pages and reach thousands of people fairly quick. Just a thought.

  11. Matt Rounsley says:

    As everyone heard when Adam spoke yesterday, when you have an opportunity to witness to someone take advantage of the situation. Today spoke with someone who had the opportunity speake with someone over the phone. Simple step, but this resulted is another person coming to Christ. If you are nervous about witnessing, “pray about it.’

  12. Brandy Eby says:

    Great idea:)

  13. Kelly Brinkley says:

    What a great way to communicate with “the family”! We all have the same Father.

  14. Tom Wynn says:

    This works great from a PC buit I get an error when I try it from my iPad. Blessings.

  15. Doug DeWitt says:

    Got it! This should be a great tool for everyone! Bravo!! Looking forward to your future posts!

  16. Joanie Laird says:

    This is such an awesome idea! I look forward to reading!!

  17. Pat M. Robinson says:

    Thank you Pastor Brian, I will read it.

  18. Stacie Siers says:

    Like you I have avoided the whole blog thing, but as someone who is the leader of a program and often receives the same comments/criticisms about communication that you do…I will be watching closely. Nothing like a good steal!

  19. Peggy Stanford says:

    Got it! Looking forward to reading it.

  20. Colleen Gifford says:

    Sounds like a really cool idea… I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes! Got it!!

  21. Shane McDade says:

    What a great first blog post. I like the format and look forward to the next one already.

  22. Sarah Peterson says:

    “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” Quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    May this ministry be blessed and encouraging.Thanks Brian

    Communication leads to community!

  23. Jan Bailey says:

    Absolutely love it!!!

  24. angie martin says:

    Thank you so much for this. I will look forward to reading each one. I also appreciate the podcast, since work keeps me from being there the podcast are invaluable. 🙂

  25. Eric & Kim Malin says:

    This is great! We are looking forward to being “In the know”. Thanks for making the effort & going the extra mile!

  26. Eric & Kim Malin says:

    Love this. Now we really feel like we are “In the know”. Thank you for taking the time to do this & going the extra mile!!!

  27. Jennifer says:

    This is such a great idea!

  28. Annie Nichols says:

    GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Most excellent idea!
    Good point about communication being a 2 way street:)

  29. Juley Harper says:

    Great job for a Blog Novice! I’m impressed! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

  30. Colleen Gifford says:

    So, I’m wondering about the BIG EVENT next month! I’m looking forward to the Anniversary party… is there anything that I can do to help??

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