Blog Changes for 2012

About three years ago I started this blog because one of my college professors told us we had to. We had to post a few thing on it for a grade. At first, I hated it! I would post something only when I had to. It wasn’t until this past year that I really started to enjoy it and blog consistently. This past year I saw my writing on my blog get better, saw more traffic on my blog, and was able to share my thoughts on important matters. As I go into the new year, I changed a few things about my blog that I hope will make it even better.

URL Change. Yep, that’s right! This blog’s URL is now I wanted to make this change so my blog was not seen as just “another WordPress blog.” I hope by having my own URL it makes my blog look  a little more credible. If you are a big blogger and have no changed your URL to something more of your own, you should! It is cheap and worth it!

More focused writing. This past year I blogged about a lot of different stuff. I enjoyed blogging about different subjects, but I want to blog more this coming year with a focus. The tag line at the top of my blog use to say “Where Ministry and Life Meet.” That tag line truly was a good statement of what my blog was. It is now changed to “Thoughts on Student Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, and Leadership.” Ninety percent of what I blog about will now be under one of those three categories. The reason I am blogging mostly about those three things is because that is where my heart and training is. God has called me into pastoral ministry, specially student ministry, and has given me a heart for Biblical leadership. Also, all my educational training is in these three areas. I studied student ministry and pastoral ministry in undergrad at Piedmont International University (formerly Piedmont Baptist College) and now studying Christian leadership in seminary.

More blogging at other places. One thing I am doing differently this year is blogging for other blogs. I have contributed a few posts already to and hope to continue to contribute posts to that site. Also, I am now a contributor for Youth Ministry 360’s blog. I will still be blogging here, but will be blogging for them as well. The blogs I write for them will go on their site first then will be posted here on my own blog. I hope this allows me to connect with other church leaders as well as get my voice out there as God opens doors for me.

Less pride. I must confess that my blogging this past year, especially in the past few months, has caused me to be prideful. When I started seeing my views go up and started seeing more traffic on my blog it caused some pride. Also, I was getting jealous of other blogs that were getting more views than mine. This led me to spending way too much time thinking about what I should blog about next rather than blogging about what God is doing in my life and ministry. I pray that as I go into the new year I will blog with humility knowing that God has given me this blog to make His name known not mine. In my blogging, He must increase and I must decrease.

I hope my blogs have been helpful to you and I hope they will continue to be helpful to you this coming year. If you are in ministry, I hope my blogs will give you practical advice you can use and share with others.

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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