The Challenge of Blogging as a Pastor

FIVE QUOTES from Max Lucado:
(These quotes are supposed to display to the right of the cartoon.) I noticed people would read these short articles I was assigned to write for our church bulletin and they would say, Boy, that’s good stuff. I got letters from people around the country saying, That’s really good. And I thought, Is it really?
Listen carefully to the feedback your readers give you. Don’t write unless people want you to write, a lot of people write just because they want to write.
If you get a lot of good feedback from people, that’s a sign that you have a strength or gift in writing, if not … try singing.
I have learned that my assignment is to write books for people who do not like to read books. I really try to connect with people who are not given to spending a lot of time with an open book. Pay day to me is when somebody comes up to me and says, “I never read books but I read yours.” I have a heart for that person.
All my books come out of sermons, and I’m really a pastor who writes rather than a writer who pastors. [1]
What form would an effective blog take if written for a local church audience by a local church pastor?
     I’m wondering if a blog can take the place of a local church website and be easier to maintain and keep up to date. I’m wondering if a blog can replace the mailed church newsletter with a free alternative that incorporates social media. I’m wondering if a blog will be useful at shortening the sermon on Sunday by extending the delivery of information on a topic through devotional posts on the following weekdays.
     I will be providing an example of a local church blog at The basic format will be to blog on the previous Sunday sermon, extending the ideas and providing questions for reflection.
     In the post entitled “Question #1: What is the value of a local church blog?” I will keep a running diary of weekly experiences related to posting daily on a blog connected to the weekly sermon.
You can check out these links if you wish for an example:
              Facebook “Morning Prayers” –
              Corresponding blog post –
What sort of writing would be a benefit to local church people?
How would it benefit them?
What topics would be so interesting that they would wish to take notes?
What platforms would be so convenient that they would they actually read the extra material?
Could writing extend the learning value of a sermon?
[1] The Max Lucado quotes are from
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QNQS is a basic template I am working with, consisting of four sections: a quote, a note in response to the quote, questions for journaling or discussion, followed by footnotes for sources.  This post follows the QNQS template. As it expands upon the quote and repurposes it, the quote is fair use.
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