On August 16th, 2012 we posted our very first thought for reflection. We being, Pastor Andrew Steinke and Pastor John Cordrey (that’s me). Since then we have posted 112 different posts that have taken us through key parts of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In that same time we have had a total of 26,193 views and 781 comments made. We have averaged about 50 views per day during that time with our best day having over 250 views.
A good friend of mine, Dan Riemer, has become the primary contributor to this blog over the last few months. He now totals 328 comments. His wisdom and guidance, insights and applications have been highly beneficial to the community reading this blog. For that I am thankful.
At times I have had people come to me in person and comment how much they enjoy reading the blog and the insights shared but do not themselves share. Some out of fear that they won’t sound smart, others out of laziness (which is where I fall far too often). My favorite part of having this blog has been hearing and reading the comments from my fellow Christians. As a pastor it is ingrained in me to try and help others dig into and apply the Word of God to their lives. This blog has given me opportunity to see this in action. It has also caused me to grow in my faith and see some of my weaknesses in my devotional life. The strength of comments and the consistency with which a number of our viewers post is inspiring.
The vision for this blog was always a simple one. To get people into the Word of God and meditating on it together. I believe, that to an extent, this has been successful. I had high hopes of having 100 comments every week and growing. When I have looked and seen only a few comments I have wondered if I needed to change the format and go to a more standard blog where I share my thoughts with you. But the goal was always to get people into the WORD, not my word. So, I have left it alone.
As I look to the future, I am wanting to put my absolute best into this piece of ministry and not have weeks where I unintentionally ignore this online community. So I have begun to pray about what the future of this site looks like. To be honest, I’m not sure. Have we here at Trinity started something special that needs a little more time and care for it to blossom or are we simply producing more stuff to launch into cyberspace?
In Advent we always consider the future – we look ahead with HOPE and ANTICIPATION for the future coming of JESUS CHRIST. And so, over the next few weeks I will be praying about the future with hope and anticipation that God will reveal to me and to us as an online community, what He desires for this blog. I want to encourage your thoughts and your feedback. Let me know what your experience with this blog has been. Even if you are not a regular “poster” but just a “reader” I invite you to comment this time. It will help me in my evaluation of this ministry tool.
Here is a poll to help with your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you!