5 Characteristics of Blogging as a Ministry
As a Christian blogger, do you remember the first time when you felt God’s call to start blogging and writing for His glory? Did He give you a specific word or a message, or perhaps He talked to you through people?
God’s invitation to start blogging was a process in my life. God talked to me through His Word, forming my identity as a writer, preacher and poet. I treasured every specific word and its interpretation and wrote them down in a special notebook. And then a day came when, while I was reading a blog post, God used a couple of sentences in this post to tell me clearly and without a doubt that I should start a blogging ministry. Yes, a ministry. From the beginning, it was clear this was not just writing, and it was not about me. It was initiated by God, meant to be carried through His power and for His glory, to encourage and inspire people.
So what are the characteristics of faith blogging as a ministry, and what does that mean for our writing journey? I want to share with you five prerequisites and characteristics of the blogging ministry.
- The first characteristic is that blogging and writing, in general, are initiated by God. He issues a specific call and invitation. He is the One starting the ministry, entrusting it to us and providing for the success of this ministry. This is His ministry through us.
- Another prerequisite for the blogging and writing ministry is our faithfulness. Not our skills, qualifications, resources, but our faithfulness. God grants us the mercy to find us trustworthy to entrust us with a ministry. Apostle Paul says it clearly in this verse: “I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service” (1 Timothy 1:12, ESV).
- Another condition for the blogging ministry is that it is tightly related to our spiritual purity and daily walk of obedience. We depend on God for giving us the words and the messages He wants to spread through us. It is our responsibility to be pure vessels, set apart for a holy purpose. It is up to us to keep open and sensitive hearts that can hear and discern His voice.
- The fourth characteristic of the blogging ministry is that we need God’s strength, equipping and anointing to carry it through. It is not recommendable to rely on our own strength and writing skills. Yes, it is our responsibility to learn and develop our skills, but it is God who empowers us to carry out this ministry.
- The fifth characteristic of blogging as a ministry is that its success is not measured in numbers but in faithfulness to deliver God’s messages in His timing and way and with the specific words and voice He gives us. Numbers are a good thing, and they can help us grow, but they are not an indicator of true success.
So we see that blogging as a ministry is designed to bring us even closer to God. It is birthed from intimacy with God and leads to even greater intimacy and dependency on Him. It is His tool to shape us in the character and likeness of Jesus. It is His way to teach us to walk closely with Him and learn to work in a team with our Creator. It is the enormous privilege to co-create with God, to be His vessel and His voice.
Which of these characteristics of blogging as a ministry are the most encouraging to you, and why?
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This is very encouraging. Thank you. I am experiencing growth in the reach of my blog but I feel the need to be reminded of my calling and purpose. I love your encouragement that it is not measured in numbers but in the faithfulness to deliver the message God has placed on our hearts. It’s all about Jesus and His glory.
I am restarting a blogging ministry after an almost 4 year pause. I have struggled with this new beginning, but your message has brought the clarity I needed.
Characteristic #4 will resonate with me as I seek to hear and rely on His voice as I complete the assignment He has given me.
Thank you for this perspective on blogging. Love how you helped us see blogging as ministry!
Blogging/Writing really is a ministry initiated by God. It is a very humbling process to sit at His feet, then follow His lead in writing. Thank you for these five encouragements to keep first things first.
Thank you for your detailed characteristics for a blogging ministry. I answered God’s call to be faithful and start my blog ministry. It is comforting to know it is His! I love walking closely with Him.
Thank you for this encouragement! It can be so easy to get caught up in all the “things” of blogging and trying to reach people instead of remembering the heart behind it all. I especially appreciate your comments about following God’s timing. Staying connected to God and being in step with what He wants us to write is more important than blogging for the sake of marking it off a to-do list or because people tell us we’re “supposed” to blog every week. Your perspective is freeing in so many ways.
Thanks for this encouraging word! I needed to hear number 5!
Thanks so much, Sarah! I am happy that the post encouraged you in your blogging ministry.
Thank you for this wonderful reminder that blogging is birthed and sustained out of our relationship with God. Of course, this is true with any ministry, but I think with blogging it can be all too easy to get caught up in the numbers.
Thanks, Patti! Yes, you are right – as Christian bloggers, it is too easy to get caught up in numbers. But it’s good to remember that our success is not based on numbers but on our faithfulness to deliver the messages God puts in our hearts.
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Thank you for this beautiful post. I appreciate every word you shared.
The most encouraging characteristic is that I need God’s strength to carry my writing and blogging through, and without His strength, I cannot complete any of it.
God bless you for sharing.