Dad in the Middle: Plans for the Immediate Future

DITM Thumbnail 125x125 Every once in a while, I like to step back and let the readers of this blog into my mind.  I know it can be a very scary place, but I’ll do my best to keep the lights on and keep this trip shorter than usual!  Relax, this is not another retrospective on this blog or a grand announcement of where we’re heading, but I did take some time during my Dark Week to reflect on blogging – what I do – and why I do it.

I have always said, and still do, that I blog principally as a means of processing my own thoughts and recording my own walk with Jesus.  I find that writing things out helps me to process them in a way that nothing else does.  However, something strange happened along the way, a God thing if you will, people started to read what I was writing and give feedback on the site.  You can imagine my surprise!   Suddenly, I felt God calling me (tugging me really) in a whole new direction to share my thoughts and experiences through blogging and allow him to use it to edify others.  I try not to say “No” to God as much as possible, so I went ahead writing and trusted Him to use it however he wished.

Through blogging though, and other online endeavors, I’ve met a slew of wonderful people who work in kidmin.  Not the least of those was Tony Kummer from quickly became one of my favorite sites, and I was flabbergasted when Tony asked me to start writing for his site several months back.  Given that Tony’s site would allow me to reach more people with the thoughts and ideas that God was laying on my heart, I quickly accepted and have published a number of articles on that site over the last several months.

Then, about 3 months ago, I got another idea – some might call it a wild hair, but I really felt like it was something else God was leading me to do.  The more I talked to people online, the more I found out that many of those I had assumed were in full-time ministry were actually, like myself, either volunteers or working in a bi-vocational capacity.  It seemed like that perspective was missing in the Kidmin blogging world, and so was formed and launched on June 15th of this year.  In the beginning, it was a collaborative effort of a core of four writers.  We have since grown to ten writers.  I am proud of the group we have assembled over there (in a “proud my God brought us all together” kind of way), and I am excited about the future and possibility for that site.

So, what does any of this have to do with Dad in the Middle?  In recent weeks, I have felt a bit like the Church of Ephesus having forsaken my first love – that being Dad in the Middle in this case.  I have invested countless hours in the launch and growth of Kidmin1124, and I have written what I have been told are some fairly good articles for Ministry-to-Children.  In fact, I feel like over the last several months I have pushed some of the meatier stuff either to Kidmin1124 because it deals with issues relevant to volunteers or Ministry-to-Children because I feel like it has a wider readership and the articles will be more impactful there.  That has, sadly, left Dad in the Middle relegated to my third choice for publishing articles.  I don’t think what has been published here has been altogether bad, but I just feel like it has suffered.

So what? You ask, or don’t, I’m still going to tell you.  Why I am sharing any of this?  Well, because I needed an article for Wednesday of course! Just kidding.  I am sharing because things are going to look a little bit different around here for the next couple or few weeks.  I am going to focus on linking you to some of the articles I have published elsewhere which I think may be beneficial to our readers here.  That sounded good didn’t it?  I’m actually doing it because I have fallen woefully behind in posting those articles, and I have something in the hopper that I want to focus some attention on.  There will be some articles mixed in along the way (the normal Monday Morning Prophecy, Saturday video, etc.) and next Tuesday is the day for the August installment of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, but largely I will not be publishing new stuff on this site.  I am excited about this new series and feel like it is something that needs to be written.  So, when I come back to regular posting you can expect a ten / eleven part series which may just ruffle a few feathers.  The idea has been percolating in my head for months now, and the need was made clear to me in a conversation with a friend at the CM Expo back in July.  Maybe Tony will let me do a summary of it over on Ministry-to-Children once it’s all published.

Following that, my pledge is to spread the dearth (opposite of spreading the wealth) between all three sites.  Let’s face it – I have a lot to say!  I’ll leave it to all of you to figure out whether or not it’s worth reading…

1 Comment

  1. You know I love things that ruffle feathers.