It has been nearly a month since my last blog post. Prior to that, I was averaging only one post per week. What’s my problem? I’m not sure.
I have been so blessed by a number of conversations I’ve had with folks who are tracking my blog. I can’t say that I’m lacking motivation based on the feedback I’ve received.
Perhaps my lack of blogging can be attributed to the change in my ministry landscape. Being the “new pastor” at the Kirk in Nassau has compelled me to focus a lot more time on connecting with people than I otherwise might. Or maybe, spending more time with people is part of an evolution within my own ministry.
Friends who know me well know that I am quick to embrace the efficiencies afforded to me by technology. I’m carry an iPhone…everywhere. I use Facebook, Twitter, and even Gowalla (Which is probably my favourite social network utility). I use Skype to contact friends, family, and colleagues on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ll ever be guilty of not connecting with people by way of technological means.
I could, however, at times be guilty of not going the extra mile to connect by more intimate means–by phone or in person. I’m changing that. I’m having more meals and cups of coffee with church members than ever before. I’m also spending more time investing in people apart from the context of the church. I volunteer at a local orphanage once a week, and I’ve just committed to helping out weekly at a local mission to children ages 5 to 16. I even joined a street hockey league and am connecting with people I might not otherwise meet (Mostly hockey starved Canadians living in The Bahamas).
Perhaps it sounds like I’m making excuses, but I hope that’s not the case. I do like blogging, but more and more I’m choosing face-to-face meetings over my computer screen. I’m not giving up on the blog, and I’m thinking that at the very least I’ll post my audio sermons here (Weekly?). I’ve just recently come to the realization that I probably won’t post as regularly as I once did.
For people still looking to track with me, Twitter & Facebook will keep you up to speed. Our Kirk (Church) website, http://www.standrewskirk.com, will give a more regular glimpse into my ministry activity. Or, if you live in Nassau, we could get a coffee together…in person.