It’s hard to believe I’ve been with GENERIS for almost six months. It’s been an adventure, and I still feel as if I’m drinking from the end of a fire hose. One of the most difficult things has been trying to strike a balance between all the different roles I play in my life: consultant, writer, blogger, husband, father, brother, friend, and Christ-follower. In an attempt to do that, I’ve realized (though reluctantly) that I’m going to need to make adjustments in order to make room for everything.
I don’t adjust course easily. I have OCD tendencies which means when I start something, I keep going no matter what the cost. When I began blogging in 2007, I had no idea how foundational and fundamental it would become to my work. Posting an average of five times a week:
1. Kept me constantly looking for new information.
2. Provided a discipline that forced me to think critically and never stop learning.
3. Ensured I was creating a large enough body of new content consistently to be of any benefit.
Writing blog posts began as the only platform for me to discuss what I was observing in local church settings. Since I began blogging, my platform in which to share has expanded into book and magazine publishing, guest blog post opportunities, direct client work, and regular speaking/teaching engagements.
If my goal with the blog was to find a way to share what I was thinking, learning, and observing, then it makes sense to adjust my posting frequency in light of the addition of multiple platforms in which God allows me to share with others.
The frequency in which I post to Church Giving Matters is one area that I’ve identified as a place where I can make such adjustments. Instead of committing to five posts a week, I’m going to cut back to only two. I know that sounds like a drastic change. It is for me. However, I think it will free me be more present with the people and work that God is bringing to me. I’m don’t value this blog any less; I’m acknowledging that my availability has limits.
I share this with you because the readers of my blog mean a lot to me. The e-mails I receive and conversations I have via phone and in person as a result of things you read on this blog have greatly enriched my life. I tell you this because there is a shared sense of trust that I want to honor. I hope you can appreciate why I’ve made this decision.
This shift is posting frequency is not permanent. Nothing is. But I’d like to give it 90 days and see what impact it has on Church Giving Matters and my other work.
I’m still deeply committed to investing in this blog. Just because I’ve committed to two posts a week doesn’t mean I won’t post more than two. It simply means that I’ve set a new standard for myself, a baseline from which to operate.
Nevertheless, I thought you should know that changes are coming. I appreciate your commitment to read this blog and faithfully serve the local church.