Why am I starting a blog today?
Many people assume that I already had a blog. I’ve been writing and editing since 2002 in a freelance capacity for wonderful organizations like Chattanoogan.com, Randall House, and Zondervan. Some of these projects were small in scope like covering town council meetings, while others were large projects like overseeing and editing dozens of topical Bible studies and writing college course material based on textbooks.
Some of the top leaders and thinkers in our world have blogs and I read many of them.
Thom Rainer lists seven reasons why a pastor should have a blog (noun):
- Heavy doses of communication are vital in any relationship.
- The pastor is able to present those most important emphases or visionary matters.
- No pastor can communicate with every member one-on-one.
- A pastor can do pastoral care via the blog.
- A blog can be an outreach ministry.
- The blog can allow for expansion on the sermon.
- A blog is highly affordable. ¹
A 2008 article on Desiring God’s website lists some six good reasons for a pastor to blog.
Pastors should blog (verb)…
- To write
- To teach
- To recommend
- To interact
- To develop an eye for what is meaningful
- To be known. ²
I’ve owned AdamClagg.com for a while and started to blog a few times, but this time I have real purpose. I want to help the people I’m currently ministering to at Covenant Church by communicating better with them, expand my sermons and teachings by going a little deeper, provide devotional material to encourage them, and to cast the vision God has given me for our church with pictures, video, and more frequent communication.
I also want to expand my ministry to more than the 100-150 people that enter the doors of my church each month. For some strange reason, God has called me to be a pastor. I didn’t seek this as a career, but it is a calling from God. I have been blessed to have a rich heritage of strong Christians on both sides of my family. I was honored to be ordained to minister at an early age and began pastoral ministry as associate pastor the summer after I turned 20. Writing and teaching are definitely a part of my calling.
Purpose of this Blog
The purpose of this blog is to help you. I have many passions that you will discover here. I am a nerd and earned my doctorate at age 31. I love to research interesting things to help explain difficult questions we all have. I am guilty of spending many hours reading and researching, but not sharing that research through articles and books. I plan to change that. I am avid reader and hope to discuss some great books with you. I love the Bible and have studied it so much that I have a degree in biblical studies, preached and taught over 1,000 Bible studies, have written Bible study guides, taught college and graduate level Bible classes, and written college courses based on textbooks on the Bible.
What else may you find on this blog? I plan to write about things I like and interest me (it is AdamClagg.com after all 🙂 Be on the look out for posts about family, Walt Disney World, leadership, time management, Christianity, going paperless, television and movies, marriage, parenting young children, homeschooling, volunteering with community organizations, missions and missionaries, technology, church trends, Circadian Rhythm Sleep abnormalities, Star Trek, books, dementia, starting your own blog, prayer, politics, stress and anxiety, health and exercise, traditional and alternative medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Free Will Baptists, my current sermon series, Christian theology, how to prepare and preach a sermon, church health and growth, family budgeting, working from home, conspiracy theories, and more.
Welcome to a part of my life that I rarely share with others. I hope this blog helps you in your life’s journey. I am a Christian, a husband, a father, and a pastor. I am also born and raised in the South. I am a conservative. This is who I am, so my blog posts will flow out of that. I expect some of the blog posts to create some good dialogue and I look forward to learning from you.
¹ http://thomrainer.com/2013/08/seven-reasons-every-pastor-should-have-a-blog/ Retrieved 4/1/2016
² http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/6-reasons-pastors-should-blog Retrieved 11/14/2015