Before I tell you why I blog, let me start with how I got into blogging. In the summer of 2006, my friend Don Chapman ofÂ WorshipIdeas.com, was visiting me in Dallas. I was driving to Oklahoma City to speak at a conference and Don came with me. It was about a 3 hour drive and I started sharing some ideas, resources and new companies that I had come across. Don directly and boldly said, â€œDude, you have got to start blogging. Church leaders would really benefit from what youâ€™re sharing with me.â€
Not only that, that night Don went online toÂ GoDaddyÂ and bought the domain name: ChurchVideoIdeas.com and said, â€œHere you go. Now get to blogging!â€ I started a cheesy-lookingÂ WordPressÂ blog and the rest is history. Thanks to my great Charter Sponsors, I was able to give my blog a face-lift. It’s been through several design changes over the years.
The â€œwhyâ€ is simple. I have a heart for the Church (capital â€œCâ€). My heart and passion is for the Kingdom and equipping Church leaders â€“ thatâ€™s why I write, thatâ€™s why I consult, thatâ€™s why I speak at conferences. I love Christâ€™s Bride and want to be a friend, helper, encourager and equipper to Church leaders around the world.
Praise God, people actually care what I have to say. I’m blessed thatÂ thousands of Church leaders from around the world read and share this blog each week. That, to me, is surprising, shocking and extremely humbling. Almost every day I receive an email from a Church leader asking me a question and many of you reading this, who have sent me an email, hopefully have seen that I try to answer your email promptly and to the best of my knowledge.
The truth is: I donâ€™t know it all. I donâ€™t even come close. I just share what Iâ€™ve learned on my journey and if I think someone else can answer your question better, I point you in their direction. What would I like to change? Iâ€™d love to see more interaction on this blog. More of you making comments. There are a couple each day, but I can see (via my tracker) that a ton of you are reading this blog or receiving it via RSS or email, but apparently not commenting. I always try to pose some type of question and ask for your feedback, ideas and I sincerely want to hear what youâ€™re doing in your own ministry setting.
SO, with that being saidâ€¦ Iâ€™m glad Don talked me into blogging, Iâ€™m grateful to God for the sponsors that make all this possible, I praise God that heâ€™s given me a passion and desire to write something fresh each day and Iâ€™m humbled, honored and excited that you are reading this and we have this cool sort-of virtual connection. What a great time to be alive! By the way, give a look (over to the right) at my sponsors and check them out. I’m only partner with people I believe in.
My blog was also selected as one of the Top 35 Blogs Christian Leaders Need to Read in 2018. This blog is listed with ChurchLeaders.com, Pastors.com, Michael Hyattâ€™s blog, and others. I’m honored! You can read the listÂ HERE.
As always, I want to again mention that I love meeting you in real life, too. If youâ€™re ever in Charlotte, let me know. If weâ€™re at the same conference, let me know. Iâ€™m speaking and traveling a lot this Fall. You can hear me teach at the First Impressions Fall Conference in Atlanta in September and the SALT Conference in October. If we’re at the same event, conference or school, hit me up!
So, to wrap up: Glad to be blogging. Glad youâ€™re reading. Hope youâ€™ll continue to. Hope youâ€™ll comment and add to the discussion. Also, feel free to email me questions or suggestions of topics to blog about. You rock!