Every Christian is called to ministry, and it's extremely important to recognize and honor that. Every ministry and every gift matters. But, some ministries are a bit more public and widespread than others–not more important, but more public.
And in this post, I'm writing specifically to people who are called to more public ministry.
So. You're called to ministry. You have a burning hunger to reach people with the message God has placed on your heart. That message might be:
- Spiritual Life;
- Intentional living;
- Missions; or anything else.
Whatever your focus is, you're called to it. Passionate about it. And you know you have a role to fill in the Kingdom.
If that describes you, then I'm here to suggest to you today–strongly suggest–that you need a blog.
Why? Here are 5 reasons I think you need a blog if you're called to ministry:
1. A blog is a microphone that works without a sound system. It will broadcast your message to the 4 corners of the earth.
I'm reaching people in nearly every country on the face of the earth. That's right, me. Typing away at 5 AM from my little desk in my little office in my little house. Reaching tens of thousands of people a month.
You don't need a building to reach people. You don't need invitations to preach to reach people. You don't need a private jet, a TV show, or published books to reach people. Social media and blogs reach more people for cheaper than any of those things do anyway.
And you know what? Even if you have the jet, TV show, books, and invitations–all of which are great, and I'm happy for you–YOU STILL NEED A BLOG! Why? Because a blog will help you reach even more people.
It's a microphone, and it will help you steward your call well. A blog magnifies your voice into an instantaneous, LOUD, shareable blast over the entire earth. (And for cheap, relatively speaking, if you're comparing it to the jet or TV show!)
2. Your blog will help you make money. Non-profit is a tax status, not a budget goal.
Don't think you can't make money just because you're in ministry. You can and SHOULD make money. A worker is worthy of his or her hire. Don't allow the spirit of poverty to lie to you and tell you otherwise. Read the Word of God. It's ALWAYS God's desire to prosper His people, especially His ministers.
I don't even have a non-profit, because my pastor/spiritual dad advised against it at this point in my life. Will God lead me to do that at some point? I don't know. But for now, I am so busy serving the King and reaching people that I don't really have time to push all the paper required to maintain a non-profit.
So, I have a business license instead. I have to make money, because I have to pay the bills and time is not free. I can either be bound in chains in my corporate job (which I'm not called to) or I can figure out how to make ministry pay for itself.
By the way … the priests in the temple and tabernacle in the Bible were always supported by the work of the ministry. Always. And the Word of God should be our only standard.
I'm sorry, but this thing about making pastors be bi-vocational should never even enter our minds. We should take such great care of our pastors that they never have to worry about how to pay the bills as they throw themselves into the work of caring for YOU. And our pastors should be paid well.
I heard Joyce Meyer preach one time about how a listener gifted her with a silver Porsche out of the blue. I think that's awesome. We should all think that's awesome. She works hard, and she should be honored by all the people she sows into.
Related: My Pastor Makes Too Much Money
Yes, I know the apostle Paul made tents.
But he also wrote that he chose that on purpose, and even he wrote that he shouldn't have to make tents if he didn't want to.
So you're a full-time pastor and you want to make tents because you choose to? Knock yourself out. But I've noticed that EVERY person I've ever heard say “You can be in ministry and have a job too. Paul was a tentmaker,” is actually a full-time, paid ministry worker themselves (paid by the work of the ministry).
3. To reach people in modern times, you have to play by modern rules.
Don't think that your MySpace account is still going to reach people. Gimme a break. People from 2 years old to 102 years old know what the internet is. They use smartphones, tablets, computers, and the cloud. They read blogs and post Facebook updates.
Everything is online in modern times. And by keeping yourself offline, you render yourself obsolete and irrelevant.
4. Using your website, you can say what God wants you to say.
A website/blog of your own is one of the few communications vehicles you can control that is protected from censorship.
As liberalism is getting worse, censorship is getting more and more prevalent. Even Christian networks are censoring messages that are too conservative, or not in line with their political ideation. And many old-guard, conservative communications networks/platforms are being turned over to new, liberal managers as the old guard retires or passes on to glory.
That's not good.
It's not good for the Body of Christ. It's not good for the Kingdom. But it's really not good if you depend on any of those communications networks, and you need to get your message out.
It's much better to have your own website to use as your home base. Your website should be center-ground for everything you do communications-wise.
(Not counting preaching from the pulpit or ministering in person. I'm talking specifically about using electronic methods to communicate here.)
If you have your own website that hosts your message, with your own email subscriber list, you can reach people all over the world and say anything you want … and people who don't like it can't do a thing about it.
5. A blog is fruitful for the Kingdom and for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you're a preacher, you can only preach so many times. Your preaching is limited by your schedule, your health, your number of invitations, etc. Even if you're a senior pastor of a church, you can only preach to your congregation when they are willing to gather, right? (Typically during scheduled church services.)
But a blog is not limited. A blog is open for business, and open for communicating your message, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
So what happens if you preach a sermon, and then put it on the blog?
- You go to bed that night, but your sermon zooms around the world at the speed of light.
- Your message lights up the hearts of hearers all over the earth.
- You're sleeping, but the Word of God runs swiftly into every ear Father desires to hear it.
This also means that everything your blog is set up to do can happen 24/7/365:
- If you sell products, people can buy your products every moment of every day. You find yourself waking up to SWISS dollars (Sales While I Sleep Soundly).
- If your blog is set up to ask for email subscribers, your tribe can grow while you sleep because people will be signing up for your email list all night long.
- Etc. You get the picture.
Basically, a blog is THE modern vehicle that, I believe, God has helped people to invent so that the Kingdom can multiply exponentially in this time.
The same way that the timing of Jesus' incarnation was so tied to the fact that the Romans built roads, people spoke a common language, etc …
The same way God placed YOU on the planet for such a time as this …
Is the same way God allowed blogs and websites to a) be invented, and b) reach the level of sophistication they have reached … so that He can expand the Kingdom not through addition, but through exponential multiplication.
Have I convinced you yet? Are you ready to start that blog so you can steward your call well? If so, leave your thoughts in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you!
Read the next post in this series: Start HERE If You Want to Build a Business or Ministry Online!
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