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Monday, June 25, 2007

Blogging Pastors

Local pastor Greg Hyre, of Castine Church of the Brethren was quoted recently on the Dunker Journal.

Local pastor and author, Darby Livingston, has a blog on "all things marriage from a Christian Hedonist, gospel-centered perspective" at profoundmystery.blogspot.com.

Mark Dever and friends have opened a blog at Church Matters. A recent post stated:
Have you ever thought how long you will stay committed to your church? American society is very transitory. Often people leave their church to move to another part of the country because they’ve accepted a better paying job. They are moving up on the corporate ladder, buying a bigger house, and enjoying life with more disposable income.

Here’s a novel idea: Why not turn down a job promotion in order to stay committed to your local church? That is, make your church more of a priority than your career.
Of course, the post was not only speaking to laypeople, but went on to state:
Now you might think I’m just talking about laypeople, but I’m also thinking about pastors here. Researchers say that on average, pastors stay at churches for only 3.5 years. Too many pastors are eager to “move up” to bigger churches with bigger sanctuaries, bigger salaries, more staff, and more ministries.

There is only so much you can do if you stick around for just a few years. In contrast, when you stay in a local church for a lifetime, you can think, plan, and act with a long-term vision. You can build relationships over the long haul. You can commit to transforming one community for a lifetime. A long-term vision with a long-term commitment can make a tremendous difference.
These guys show blogging doesn't have to be the bane of our ministry. Perhaps, I can too???

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