Thursday, October 25, 2007

What a privilege to serve ...

There are times at college, in ministry when we may feel

nEncouraged …Discouraged?

Sometimes we may feel all of these on the same day!

But there are also times when we are filled to capacity and others when we are running dry.

Bishop Fanta Clarke was in college this week with Fellowship looking at the topic - The Shepherds heart and he quoted the following

“Take heed to yourselves lest you perish while you call upon others to take heed of perishing: lest you famish yourselves while you prepare their food.”
The Reformed Pastor: Richard Baxter

We all in ministry need to remember whose we are.

With my reflections in the past on prayer I really do think that prayer is essential to all that happens in our ministry.

I know that I can ramble, not really knowing what to pray sometimes but sometimes we just need someone to draw alongside us on our journey and offer prayer.

Again with Prayer Min at madness this summer I know that prayer does accomplish much more that we can imagine. I know I only am a baby when it comes to prayer and understanding the implications of real prayer.

Over the course of this week I have experienced much prayer - in youth group, in church at the Min of Healing service on sunday, at CORE on sun night, in college this week, in intercessions at CU tonight ...

OK, CU Tonight - I went along - not knowing what time it was at - for those who want to know - it starts at 7:30 above the arch in TCD - their website is

I headed up and the topic was prayer ... see lots of prayer this week
Scott Hill was speaking and really spoke into a lot of the questions I asked myself at the beginning of this week.

Using the text from Revelation "knocking at the door" as well as Elijah and the Prophets of Baal where through prayer the door can be unlocked and God will answer. He explained that lots of people pray but for the Christian there are certian keys to prayer.

1. Knowing and praying to the father (Matt 6) It is not enough to be babbling meaningless texts but that we need to be praying to God who is our father - our perfect father.

2. Trust (Ps 13) - There are times when things are going pearshaped but we need to wrestle with the difficult questions - we need to be able to ask - "why God?" and trust him through it all

3. Cross (Matt 27:45ff) - Through the cross we are brought into the prence of God, acess the most holy place - an amazing privellege and responsibility

4. Imagination (2 Cor 4:4ff) - We need to pray to God to give us ideas, challenges as we pray - it is more than 1 way traffice us->God but rather dual traffic. One way he does this is via ides, visions of things. Apparently R...

Monday, October 01, 2007

Blogging as a spiritual discipline

Today, over lunch I got asked to think about chatting to our year about blogging - I suppose I have taken for granted.

There are now many different people blogging - but why?, are people interested? is there any purpose to it all?

this article may help

1. How to Get Blogging in About Four Steps, Five Minutes [See below]
2. Why I Suggest Pastors Use
3. Blog Your Passsion, First and Foremost
4. 10 Topic Ideas for Blogging Pastors
5. Blogging as the Spiritual Discipline of Journaling
6. How to Read a Blog ... for Pastors
7. Make a Blog Posting Schedule
8. How to Write a Blog Post ... for Pastors: 6 Ideas
9. The Best Blog Posts ... Are Often Lists
10. Writing Effective Headlines, or Post Titles
11. Handling the 'Comments' Function of Blogs
12. Get Subscribers with an Email Newsletter
13. Feed Your Readers with FeedBurner
14. A Play Button for Your Sermons
15. Using Photos in Blog Posts
16. Linking and Getting Linked 101
17. Tracking Your Web Site Statistics
18. Building Your Blogging Network
19. Tagging Your Posts the Easy Way
20. Show Who's Linking To You
21. Give Readers Your Bookmarks
22. Building Your Blogger Own Network
23. Designing Cool Graphic Blog Headers
24. Using Google Alerts to Track Topics, Who's Talking About You
25. Claim Your Blog with Technorati
26. Earning a Couple of Buck with Amazon
27. On Blogging Goals and Strategies
27. Owning Your Own Domain Name Versus Free Hosting Sites


1. Mark Batterson of Evotional
2. Andrew Jones of Tall Skinny Kiwi
3. Ben Gray of OpenSwitch
4. Michael Spencer of InternetMonk
5. Tim Stevens of Leading Smart
6. Tony Morgan of TonyMorganLive
7. DJ Chuang of
8. Gary Lamb of Mad Babble from a Church Planter
9. Darren Rowse of
10. Marty Duren of SBC Outpost
11. Anthony Coppedge of
12. Joe McKeever of
13. Ben Arment of History in the Making
14. Micah Fries of Friesville
15. Kent Shaffer of Church Relevance (Bombay Creative)
16. Mark Roberts of
17. Wade Burleson of Grace and Truth To You
18. Ariel Vanderhorst of BitterSweetLife
19. Tim Ellsworth of Tim
20. Gene Mason of Communicorps
21. Kem Meyer of Less Cluter & Noise [Link corrected]
22. Steve McCoy of Reformissionary
23. Drew Goodmanson of Goodmanson
24. Perry Noble of Perry Noble
25. Todd Rhoades of Monday Morning Insight
26. Dan Lee of Blog Ministry
27. Alan Nelson of Rev! Unplugged (Magazine)
28. Peter Bishop of Peter Bishop
29. James Higginbotham of Agile Ministry
30. Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost
31. Jon Edmiston of As Far As I Can Tell
32. Terry Whalin of The Writing Life
33. Greg Atkinson of Church Video Ideas
34. Dr. Hershael York of Confessions of a Pastor
35. Dr. John Jackson of Pastorpreneur
36. Dr. Alvin Reid of Books, Culture and the Gospel
37. Chalan Thibodeaux of ChalanThibodeaux Dot Com
38. Michael Foster of The Gaslight Gospel
39. Dan Ohlerking of The Pursuit
40. Jim Walton of Church Tech Matters
41. La Shawn Barber of La Shawn Barber's Corner
42. Mark O. Wilson of Revitalize Your Church
43. Bob Franquiz of Bob
44. Brad Hinman of Churchonomics
45. Tim Challies of Challies
46. Dr. Mark DeVine of Theology Prof
47. Frank Johnson of Strategic Digital Outreach
48. Kevin Hendricks of Church Marketing Sucks
49. One Great Answer with CopyBlogger Brian Clark

50. My Answers to the 5 Blogging Questions


LINK TO THIS SERIES: Grab this graphic or code below.



This is the first inaugural post of the I Help Pastors Blog series. You could probably call it "Blogging for Pastors 101."

My goal is to show pastors, ministers and church leaders how easy and effective it can be to blog.

In the next few weeks and posts, I'll attempt to show almost any pastors how they can blog with maximum impact and minimum efforts.

In essence, I'll show you how to: create,maintain, and write a blog.

So ... for the first inaugural post, I'll show you -- Dear Pastor -- how to stake your claim on the blogosphere.


So you've decided to start blogging? Or at least take it for a test drive?

With the simplicity of Google's, you can create a blog in about 5 minutes or less.

Here's a short 4-step checklist for getting started blogging:

1. Determine how you will host it -- There are two basic options here: Free or paid. I suggest pastors just taking a step out into the blogosphere start with the "free" option. For a paid account, I would suggest going through or your church's existing Web site hosting company.

2. Get a free account -- Assuming you chose the "free" option for hosting and for your blogging platform, you'll need to get a free account. Click on this link and do that now.

3. Name your blog -- for the free BlogSpot site through, you'll need to figure out what to name your blog -- this is usually your blog's site address also (i.e. for this site, it's:, or for one of Blogger's hosted sites, it'll be: http://___[YourName]

I'd suggest using your name, or if your preaching ministry has its own name, using that. Give it a name your congregation will recognize. Although this can be changed later, once you start promoting the site, you'll want to find a name (and thus address) and stick with it so people can find you easily.

4. Choose a template -- use one of Blogger's templates -- they're nice and simple and easy-to-customize. I really like Rounders and Minima for templates, but look through the templates and find the one that best suits your fancy!

... and you're done!

You have staked your claim on the blogosphere!