Blogging for Women's Ministry
Blogging in it’s basic form is written communication online. However, blogging has expanded to include not only written communication but also in video form as well. In fact, statistics show that video blogs tend to attract and engage more people. Written blogs and websites still have their place though.
Originally, blogging was created as “log” or diary of a person’s day - online journaling. However, blogging has grown and expanded to be used for teaching, training, resourcing, equipping, encouragement, motivation, information gathering, and - most importantly for many organizations - marketing or executing important information in regards to the organization/company.
Blogging vrs. Website? They can be separate or one in the same. Blogging is updated on a regular basis and interaction amongst readership is encouraged.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” …Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
“Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
"When we find the courage to share our experiences and the compassion to hear others tell their stories, we force shame out of hiding and end the silence." Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." 1 Corinthians 2:3-4
“I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:27-30
Blogging for personal ministry and purpose
The above, along with most of the Psalms, are some of my favorite quotes/scriptures when I think about some of both ministry and personal purposes in blogging. My desire as I blog is to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, to write vulnerably, and to share in such a way that it will challenge people (women) to allow a deeper examination of their soul and spirit - prayerfully allowing the opportunity for deep transformation.
I have my own blog site that is completely separate from our network's. It is not easy to balance, and I can't always write as much for my personal one as I would like. But my purposes for each are different and yet, similar. My purpose in personal blogging is to enable and facilitate deep reflection and examination with God that leads to deep transformation. Another purpose is to teach others the power of vulnerability - the power of transparency. There are limits in all of this that I continually allow the Holy Spirit to lead me in. My willingness in vulnerability breaks the walls of shame and silence in others' lives - through the power of the Holy Spirit. So, it's not vulnerability for the sake of vulnerability. It's Holy Spirit inspired vulnerability - I can't force people to change or to be set free in their own struggles - but God can. And if I'm willing, He can use my life and my struggles as a witness to His power and ability to redeem, rescue, and set free. He can use my vulnerability in struggles to remind others of His character - His love, mercy, and compassion. It's a form of discipleship for me.
blogging for women's ministry
In my leadership and public ministry, this must be approached slightly differently, and yet, with the same convictions. There is a slightly different approach, because everything I do as a leader represents the network I am serving. Thus, blogging or any other ministry I engage with must align with the overall vision and mission of our network. It is not my personal vision or agenda. This is important.
However, it is with the same convictions I approach this ministry of blogging, because although my leadership serves the network - my leadership will always represent me - who I am. I do not change who I am or what I believe about something - no matter who I am serving.
It must be the same for you as you lead. If you blog on behalf of your women's ministry and district - it must serve the purposes and vision of the network. We must be careful not to use a leadership position for personal gain - even innocently. You may even have a greater audience or readership, but what you share through blogging must serve the whole. This must be considered when choosing: topics, writers, themes, etc. We must choose topics and themes that relevant to the women and the roles they fill - relevant to the struggles they face. When we disciple through blogging, we must be careful our theology supports the network and covers an overall study of scripture, rather than any personal agendas or messages we want to send. And, we must make sure we include others voices and not just our own. In summary, the Women's Ministry blog must align with your vision and mission as a network and as a Women's Ministry. It must serve as a way to fulfill both of those. For example, our network's mission for all departments is to resource and equip the local church - we are still forming how we best do this. One goal for this year is to start a video blog along with our written blog that provides specific leadership principles and training.
Our vision as Women of Influence is: SNEMN Women of Influence desires to encourage, equip and empower as we live vulnerably in community with one another. Thus, our blog will help us accomplish this. Right now, we are doing this in encouragement and this year we will focus on adding the equipping piece. Our blog site is: snemnwomenofinfluence.com
Blogging for Women's Ministry, can offer the following (we are still working on all of these things):
It creates an online community for your region. We are in the business of regional ministry. Attending events and/or holding enough events is not always feasible for all of our networks/districts. It provides connection and communication amongst the women.
It's a great connection between social media content and the blog. Your social media outlets can support your blog and provide a greater reach for information and resourcing.
It is a great avenue for resourcing and equipping your women. You have the opportunity to be a unique voice in the lives of your women. There are a lot of great women's networks out there producing content. Find a way to be a unique voice and a solid theological voice. Many of these networks don't go "deep", because they are too big. Target your audience, you know them, and take them deeper with your content.
It helps your women get to know you and your heart - along with your team. What greater way for them to gain an understanding of your heart for them as a leader?
Reinforces your vision as a Women's Ministry.
An example, our theme for the year is "Wholehearted" (i.e. see Wholehearted article). Much of the blog and social media content will focus on an exploration of this theme, so when we do get together for an event - we will come together with one mind and heart - prepared to go deeper in content and experience. God can move powerfully in this way.
starting a blog:
Best Preferred Host Sites: Squarespace and Bluehost (along with Wordpress)
FREE is NOT the way to go. For about $250 a year, you can have a professional website/blog through square space. For about $50-$100 a year, you can have your own domain name and quality host site through Bluehost and Wordpress.
Connect your blog to your social media pages like Instagram and Facebook.
Create a writing team. Even if you can manage it on your own - the women should not only hear from you. (This is not easy, but it's important. We are still working on this)
Use it as a website - ex. see snemnwomenofinfluence.com
Update content regulary (this is hard - we are still working on this)
Relevant, authentic, transparent-be real, informative, professional, stories, short (I stink at this)