Thursday, March 4, 2010

Feedback Please

Some who have followed this blog for awhile have noticed that I haven't been writing as much lately.  Partly it's that I've been busy with other things, but that can't really be the reason.  My "busy-ness" hasn't really changed.  What has changed is that I've learned recently that I'm not getting as much feedback from folks as would have been helpful.

Back on September 2, 2008 I wrote this:
What is "Sharing Ministry and Faith" about?
  • It's a way for me to explore thoughts and topics that come up during typical days as a pastor.
  • I use it to do some preliminary work on what I'll be preaching about soon.
  • Mainly, and this is my real hope, it's a way to get feedback and comments from you.
I believe ministry is shared equally among hired hands such as myself and the great group of so-called "lay people" out in the community. No one is "above" another. We simply have different roles.

My role, as a pastor, as I see it, is mainly to equip people for ministry. One way to do that is to help people think and talk more about Christ-centered topics. Maybe sharing in this way, on the internet, will allow that to happen more often.

I hope, if I say something you appreciate, you'll let me know. Or, if I say something you think is crazy or not in line with God's truth, please come at me with how you see things.
What's been happening though, is that the conversation has been mostly one sided.  I thought I would hear from people if they disagreed.  For a long time, however, there was very little feedback except that which was appreciative and favorable.  I guess I assumed then that my readers were pretty much accepting of what I wrote.  In mid-December and after, however, I've learned that some are reading and not liking some things but have not been responding right away.

I'd like to encourage everyone to respond.  Favorable or unfavorable, it's good to get the conversation going.  Comment below or email me.  If what I say is particularly offensive to you, I'd encourage you to use Jesus' admonition in Matthew 18:15 as a guide.  Come and talk with me personally.  I'll do my best to listen and learn.

I do want to get back to writing more often.

1 comment:

  1. Keep up the commentary will come...stand on the Truth...Let you light so shine....have Good and Godly Morning