Eight years of pastoring a church has taught me the difficulty of that word. It’s hard to consistently engage the entirety of our church family on the many cultural issues occurring around us. It’s hard to find the appropriate platform to celebrate the numerous wins and losses our church experiences. It’s hard to find ways to encourage our church with the good news of Jesus throughout the week on a communal level. So, we’re taking another step to improve our communication capacity.
Welcome to Stonegate’s blog.
Why are we spending the time and energy to launch a blog? Here are just a few of the reasons:
1. IT’S A TOOL TO KEEP OUR CHURCH INFORMED.
Jesus really is doing great work within our church! Dave Hanson (one of our elders) and I were recently reminiscing about the last few years. We truly feel like we’ve had a front row seat to an unbelievable series of ongoing miracles! A blog is a great way to open up the window for our church family, so you can see more of the work Jesus is doing within our church! A blog allows us to share stories and pass along church-wide updates. In short, a blog really does increase the communication capacity of our church.
2. IT’S A TOOL TO EQUIP OUR CHURCH FAMILY.
Our mission as a church is simple: We exist to extend the glory of God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ! We want to see our church family grow into everything that Jesus has created us to be. A blog is one of many tools Jesus has given us to see this happen. A blog offers the opportunity for our pastors, staff, and lay leaders to write articles that help us see Jesus in all of life. Our articles will fall into one of three categories: 1. THEOLOGY. We’ll explore and interact together over various theological topics that we believe are important for our church body. 2: MINISTRY. We’ll think through various aspect of ministry and church life that will help grow us as a church family. 3: CULTURE. Our blog will also give us an opportunity to talk about the wide range of ongoing cultural issues we face as believers.
3. IT’S A TOOL TO ENGAGE A GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE MORE EFFECTIVELY.
Where are people? You could answer that specifically with a precise geographic location, or you could answer that generally by saying – online! The Internet has permanently altered the world. It’s given us a gathering space that goes beyond our precise geographic location.
Take Facebook as an example. As of May 8, 2017, Facebook has over 1.94 billion active users! Right at 70% of American adults have a Facebook account. Of adults age 18-29, almost 90% have Facebook account. And even more, 75% of those users check Facebook every day. So if we want to engage with more people, more effectively, what better way than to create content that anyone at any time can access online.
So what are we asking of you?
Engage with us. Interact with us. Keep yourself informed by reading the Stonegate blog. Take advantage of it! It’s a tool that is intended to bless you and deepen your heart for Jesus!
grace & peace,