Raymond Culpepper is Blogging

Raymond Culpepper is a blogger.  I don’t know that he’s posting from his Blackberry or anything.  But, he is in the blogosphere.  And, that’s killer.

I’ve got Dr. Culpepper listed on the left side of the MissionalCOG blog.  His RSS feed should keep things updated nicely here.  You can also subscribe to his blog and track him in an RSS reader.  My favorite is Google Reader.  It aggregates all of your blogs in one place so you don’t have to skip all over the internet to see what’s new.  While you’re at it, make sure you are subscribed to the MissionalCOG blog.

Anyway, this is a great thing…hope it shows some good heart and opens up some good interactive communication from a good leader.  As of this moments, comments aren’t open.  I think that would be a great thing if they were.  But, life is busy.  If the comments aren’t open, it will simply push discussion out into the blogosphere, which would be a good thing as well. Both types of blogs are common.  Check out how these guys do it:

LEADERS WHO BLOG AND HOW THEY DO IT

Seth Godin blogs.  Comments are off.  Discussion takes place elsewhere with trackbacks to him.  He’s responded to things I’ve written in my blog.  But, he doesn’t leave or accept comments on his own.

Jack Hayford blogs with comments closed.  They used to be open.  It’s generally a boss blog…not super personal…though it has been at times.  As far as I know, Jack Hayford was the first denominational leader who blogged.  I’m impressed.

Ed Stetzer blogs.  His comments are wide open.  He interacts.  It’s personal. He’s amassing significant relational leadership currency on a broad level.

Mark Driscoll blogs.  Comments used to be on.  When they were, comments were moderated.  Now, they’re off.  Generally, whenever Mark blogs, the blogosphere goes up in flames with liberal theology guys/gals (when you can tell the difference between the two) going into anaphylactic shock.

Mark Cuban blogs.  As you can see by this open letter to JR Smith, comments are wide open. 🙂  It’s quite the leadership blog.

Jonathan Schwartz blogs.  Schwartz is the CEO of Sun Micro Systems.  Comments are open.  This is considered to be one of the top CEO blogs around.

THOUGHTS ABOUT LEADERSHIP BLOGS

These are just my thoughts and don’t reflect any type of research.  But, if I’m a leader, I would make sure I would do the following.  These thoughts are certainly not only aimed toward the efforts in Cleveland to move Dr. Culpepper into the blogosphere.  BUT, they are also directed at every leader that blogs or is considering it.

Influence is the new currency.  If you aren’t influencing, you aren’t leading.  If you aren’t blogging, you may not be leveraging the opportunities to do so which are so easily available to you.  With that said, here are some bulleted thoughts on leadership blogs:

  • Know your audience. Write to them primarily.
  • Don’t be a bulletin board for events. People read calendars for event planning, not blogs.  If you’re writing about the event, share your heart about what is meaningful about the event instead of being a cheerleader.
  • Be human. Write like a human.  Remove the polish and let people see your soul.
  • Link to others.  The blogosphere is as much about community as it is about having a platform to communicate.  It’s more of a conversation than it is a missive.
  • Interact. While it appears that Seth Godin does his thing on his blog without giving people an opportunity to interact, he is actually pulling other articles in and commenting on other blogs.  The exchange is exceptional, unexpected, and priceless.
  • Break the facade. Don’t show off your dirty laundry.  But, do show that you are more than being about “the business.”  When you are leading, you run the risk of putting on a face that is always advancing the cause.  Let people see behind the curtain and you will win a piece of their heart.

Now, on winning the heart, I would say that Dr. Culpepper’s simple move of starting a blog has already won a little piece of mine.

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10 Responses

  1. “Now, on winning the heart, I would say that Dr. Culpepper’s simple move of starting a blog has already won a little piece of mine.” Travis Johnson

    Travis,

    Please consider the broad range of potential damage that an endorsement from you might bring to Dr. Culpepper’s initiative.

    (Now that’s funny right there……….)

  2. You’re right. I’ll revise that.

  3. C’mon, shout out for the G.O. blogger! I join with Travis in a rousing chorus of “hail to the chief” for this significant step.

    My wife has written some powerful thoughts about how one’s mother tongue is like a homeland, especially for immigrants and displaced persons- relating this to Pentecost and God’s divine hospitality through speaking in the tongues of the nations present. She elaborates about how using the tongue of the “other” is an expression of divine hospitality.

    Now you know that blogging is NOT the native medium of Bishop Culpepper’s generation so that fact that he is speaking using it…the act itself is poetry.

    Blessings…

  4. Jonathan – good thoughts bro, good thoughts.

  5. Dr. Culpepper and I are about the same age I think.
    I never realized that it was the power of the Holy Spirit at work in me that empowered me to reach beyond my generational communication and technology handicap to speak this bloggolalia otherwise unable to be learned by the likes of me.
    (Laughing so hard…. I hope Bishop Culpepper reads this)

    Now seriously,…Jonathan…your wife’s insight and your application are incredible…and most certainly poetic.

    I have described the day of Pentecost (the upper room, the agency of the Holy Spirit, and the tongues) as the continuing effort of God to do what he began in the Garden of Eden, and then expressed in an invitation to His people through Moses to come up on the mountain…He wants to talk with us (summary). However, I have never heard it described as “divine hospitality.” Powerful.

  6. I am amazed at this. I knew this was in the works, but I did not think it would happen. I read blogs from all over the place, more than religious, and I have looked forward to this one with baited breath. This is going to be the greatest blog ever, or not so much. If my GO controls the post without much “over the shoulder” editing it will be great.

    From what I have come to find out that it is starting to get some of the other guys on the blog bandwagon as well (I am looking at you overseers). Next thing you know we will be a progressive denominations that embraces generation Y (back down Jon, not so fast). With my mind restored I look forward to this more “open” window to the fourth floor.

    Cheers to openness

  7. “Bloggolalia” – I love it.

    Tom, when you finish your dictionary of Pentecostal Elvish, I want a signed copy.

    God gave me Bulgarian because I am too linguistically inept to learn it but He had placed a love for the people in my heart. I’m so open to God giving spiritual fathers the language of the sons as part of His catalytization of true revival…turning the hearts of the fathers to the sons, and the sons to the fathers.

    Blessings…

  8. Jonathan – indeed, you will have the first copy! LOL!

    Jon Lowery – are you related to the guy who prayed at the inauguration?

  9. sorry to disappoint, but no I am not related to Joseph Lowery. As a preemptive strike, I am not related to Mark Lowry.
    Joseph Lowery was the leader, or one of the leaders I can not remember, of the Montgomery Alabama bus boycott. Mark Lowry is… a… famous christian.
    I am related to another Lowery In DC though.

  10. I really wish he (Culpepper) could be taken seriously!

    His first statement after being elected to General Overseer was, “I want to travel to all the regions and listent to the concerns…..”

    I shared concerns with him that were devistating our district and he did nothing but but run the political “tight rope”.

    We had such high hopes, but now we are gone!

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