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5 Things I want to do better on my blog

March 5, 2012
One of the things we’ve been working on in our Content Team in the past 6 weeks is thinking through how to best utilize this blog. We’ve seen a lot of great things come out of it in the last 2 years, but we’re constantly thinking how we can make it as helpful as possible for people. After a period of observation, reflection and discussion, here are some things we’re hoping to add or improve on in the immediate future:
  1. More stories. Whether it’s stories of my own from what’s happening with me or stories from the Missional Front, we want to reguarly be putting stories out there of how we’re seeing the things we’re always talking about in action. For an example of this, check out this very short story of how reproductive discipleship is sweeping through a federal prison right now.
  2. Short videos answering practical questions. Each week, we’re going to feature short videos answering practical questions about discipleship and mission from various members of the 3DM team (myself included). Here are two examples. One is on what you do if a leader refuses to be held accountable, the other is how to multiply a Missional Community without killing it. Our real hope for this is that we’ll also raise more questions with our responses and you’ll have a chance to ask more detailed or clarifying questions in the comment section so we can interact with you more.
  3. Post more regularly. For the next period of time, we’re going to post 5 times a week, Monday through Friday on the blog. We’re going to see how this goes and what the response is from you, as the readers we’re trying to serve. We’ll have an assortment of posts; from thought provoking articles (such as the one I did in September titled, Why the Missional Movement will Fail), to short stories from the missional front, to videos answering practical questions, to interviews, to questions our team is wrestling with we’d love feedback on, etc.
  4. Ask more open ended questions. I think there is so much breakthrough happening around the world in discipleship and mission that it’s fascinating to see what people are seeing and experiencing right now. We are also facing really important questions that need addressing that will help us shape the church of the future as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. So one feature we’re adding is more open ended questions where we’d love to see what you are thinking. One example of this was a post in January about the church in 10 years (you can read it here). I outlined some things I was noticing about the church of the present and then asked what you thought the church would look like in 10 years. The discussion following that post was excellent.
  5. Prominently feature two more voices from the 3DM Content Team. My desire is to expand the voices of this blog beyond my own and give at least two other people on my team a chance to share: Doug Paul (you can read his personal blog here), who is the Director of Content at 3DM, and Dave Rhodes, who is the Director of Learning Communities. Both will be regular contributors on this blog.

We really are excited about what the next year holds for this blog. My hope and prayer is that it will continual to be a helpful resource for all of you hitting the missional frontier each and every day.

Grace + Peace to you,

Mike

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Gerry Hamilton permalink
    March 5, 2012 1:56 pm

    Any Inspiration and insight is helpful. Keep up the spirit, even when you think no one hears we are listening with our eyes.

  2. March 5, 2012 3:01 pm

    You might be interested in this from my Diocesan Bishop – Discipleship discussions do seem to be happening all over the place! (Though not particularly on our curriculum at Theology College – though I guess these things are always behind trends!)

    http://www.stephencottrell.org/news/view/the_challenges_of_discipleship

  3. March 5, 2012 4:30 pm

    Enjoy the blog, Mike. Thank you. One suggestion: with the videos, it’d be helpful to have text based summary of answers/responses too as people can’t always watch videos but can read text.

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