Someone who has been following my blog sent me a message this week and indicated he would no longer be following For Younger Pastors because my posting was sporadic. He’s right, and I appreciated his honesty. There are about 75 people who subscribe to the blog and others who must check “manually.” I can understand how clicking on a link in your web browser only to find that it rarely changes can be rather annoying. If that’s true for you, I do want to apologize.
This blog began in June of 2019. In the spring of 2017 I had stepped aside from the church I had served in for over 35 years, feeling kind of beaten up and worn out. It was hard to leave a church family I had grown to love, but it was the right thing. From the fall of 2017 through the summer of 2020 I worked a series of jobs. My longest and last job was working as a driver in a very nice retirement community.
As I began to recover (that sounds overly dramatic, but I can’t think of another word) my interest in ministry began to revive. Because the job I was in gave me some free time to write, I decided to begin this blog hoping to help younger guys with ideas, lessons learned, and resources that were helpful to their ministries. For a long time I wrote 3 times a week, including a lot of original material.
In August, 2021, I returned to pastoral ministry part-time. I’m serving as an Assistant Pastor in a great church, working with a great pastoral team, and enjoying it immensely. My job involves two main areas of focus – pastoral care and teaching. For the first 4+ months I worked primarily on the pastoral care aspect of my work, but finally a lightbulb went on that I needed to change how I did that if I was going to have time for the teaching part of my ministry. So I’ve been working on some plans related to teaching opportunities.
I’m a bit of a geek. I like technology. Back in the day I purchased computer parts and assembled my own computers. I like evaluating new software, reading about technology, and have considered myself pretty computer literate. That self-view has, however, taken a bit of a beating as I have been engaged in learning the video side of computing. Being able to minister virtually means recording video and the other week I wanted to run around the parking lot and scream out of frustration with getting the video right. I think I’m at a place where I can approach doing two videos a week with greater confidence, and I have some helpers to rely on when I encounter a problem.
Anyway . . . this is not to offer an excuse for not posting regular, but it is an explanation.
I don’t think For Younger Pastors will ever win an award for Outstanding Christian Blog, unless the entrants are restricted to the house I live in. Then I might have a chance. But I do want it to be helpful, so rather than say “it was fun while it lasted” I would like to keep it going. I have some thoughts that I’d like to share with you all about ministry, and I hope the articles that I share are helpful to you. I know they are helpful to me.
I’m not sure I can sustain posting 3 times a week, but I am going to try to be more consistent and we’ll see how it goes. So if you have been visiting here and have encountered cobwebs on the articles, hang in there with me. I do think I have some good stuff to share with you in the weeks ahead.
If you’re a regular reader, thanks for reading. I’ll see you early next week with a list of recent worthwhile articles and the hopefully mid-to-late week with some original content. Again, I apologize for not posting as regularly as I had been, and I appreciate the brother who nicely asked, “What’s up?”
Have a great weekend of ministry. We’re supposed to get several days of sporadic ice on top of the foot of snow that still remains around the area. Such fun!