I love Pastors! And I love serving and connecting with Pastors through the greatest website in the web wide world for them – Pastors.com.
In January of 2010, I was taken aback by a phone call from David Chrzan, Chief of Staff at Saddleback Church in southern California. We talked for an hour about blogging, online publishing, pastoral ministry, WordPress, and many other related topics. Then he invited me to attend Radicalis, Saddleback’s leadership conference, and I gladly agreed.
That was the beginning of a pretty amazing and totally unexpected journey. We talked during Radicalis about what Pastors.com could become and how to get it there as an online community for church leaders. A few months later, Angie and I relocated to southern California and I joined the staff of Saddleback as a Pastor, and as the “Online Community Facilitator” for Pastors.com. It’s been a unique role comprised of editorial, technical, mentoring, and pastoral responsibilities. And I’ve loved it!!!
Though Angie and I have moved back to northwest Arkansas to plant Grace Hills Church, sponsored in part by Saddleback, we were grateful that the role I had enjoyed could continue from a distance. And rather than phasing out, we’re stepping things up even more. I’ve now assumed responsibility for the site’s technical and design side as well.
Within a month, we redesigned the site to run on WordPress using the Genesis theme framework from Studiopress. We moved it to a new LAMP server, and added over a dozen features that have already doubled its readership and tightened its community. I could not be more thrilled!
I’m proud to announce that the new and improved Pastors.com is finally live. Some of the features that made the site so indispensable a decade ago have been resurrected. Rick Warren’s Pastor’s Toolbox, the accompanying newsletter of Pastors.com, is more robust than ever, packed with content every week. We have a fantastic line-up of contributing bloggers, weekly insights from Pastor Rick Warren, downloadable sermon notes and ebooks, a ministry opportunity (job) board, and much, much more.
If you’d like to contribute, one time or repeatedly, please reach out to me. As I often tell Pastors, this is your community – help us to know how to best help you. Our goal always has been and will remain, healthy Pastors leading healthy churches.