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Women Blogging for Christ
An Interview with Darlene Schacht


Originally featured at Christianmommies.org, July 2006
Interviewed by: Rachel @ Christian Mommies

Sidebar from Scott Reese:
I am very excited about the possibilities of equipping Christians to use blogging and other means to share the Good News.

Now with blog evangelism a mom can have the flexibility to invest a little "ministry time" when it best fits her schedule; whether that be when the kids are finally in bed, early morning, or whenever she just finds a few spare moments. She does not have to invest the time to get "dressed up" or have to obligate herself to a certain time commitment every week. Once she is part of a Witnessing Blog Team / Community, she can invest time according to her schedule. Christian blogging can also be fun if it is centered around a hobby, interest, or passion. See:

synergy-of-combined-passions.html

More and more people are looking to the Internet for information, entertainment, to meet new friends, and to develop community. Christians need to rise up and meet the challenge:

myspace-paul.html

Visit Scott Reese at:
and http://internetminister.org
Q: What is "blog evangelism"? How did you become involved in a Christian women's blogging effort?

Women Blogging for ChristTo me blog evangelism is the ability to connect with another soul in the name of Jesus. Whether we share joy through a humorous blog, share a Bible verse that spoke to us, or unite as one to pray for the needs of others, we do it in the name of Jesus, to bring glory to Him.

I started Christian Women Online as a way to further unite women of faith. My intention was to write weekly or monthly with a couple of other writer friends, in what would be a very small group effort. Within the first four months of starting the ezine, we have already united over 250 women within the CWO blogring. My passion to unite stems from the words of Christ only hours before his death when He prayed that we all would be one in Him, "that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." ~ John 17:21b

As an extension of the ezine, we have added the CWO blog that takes the spotlight off of us and focuses on the blessings that other women in the blogosphere have to offer.

Q: What type of blog posts do you all write?

I encourage both the women in our ezine, and the women on our blog to post from the heart. "Don't change because you expect that we want you to," I've said. "Continue to be who you are."

Some of us are funny, some are outgoing, and some are wonderful writers that can weave words into a story like fine tapestry work. We bring our different giftings together in the same way the church does. So that together we can reach women at different places in their lives.

Being a humor writer, I often wonder if my words are merely entertaining, or if I'm actually touching a heart for God. I was blessed the other day when I received this note from a woman who has been reading my blog,

"You don't realize how MUCH you have touched my life with your stories and your writing...I am walking a very HARD road right now and sometimes I just need to regain some perspective...for some reason you have that gift and you point me to God :-) He is the only thing that is getting me through so to have someone point me to Him is just amazing and touching in a way that I can't explain. Sooo thank you for being you. You have blessed me and I am grateful beyond measure."

Q: How could a women's ministry group turn blog evangelism into a team effort?

Interesting question, in fact this very thing was on my mind yesterday. I'll answer it from the standpoint of a local women's ministry, perhaps one that meets weekly. By creating a blog as a team effort, we eliminate the pressure that one person has on writing a daily post. As much as we enjoy blogging daily, our lives don't always fit into the mold that we'd like it to fit, and if we decide to blog weekly, we often fear the loss of traffic that we work hard to get.

A team blog gives us the best of both worlds, daily posting without all the pressure. We all have off days or off weeks, and so it?s nice to have friends who are there to pick up the slack. Ecclesiastes 4 says it so much better than I:

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

So a team blog gives strength to the blogger, but a more important aspect is what the team has to offer the reader. When a woman's ministry turns to blog evangelism, they are able to reach people everyday instead of the "once a week" meeting that is common to most. It's nice to be able to turn on my computer at any time of the night to find that there are women online who care and who share. It keeps us connected in those in-between times.

Q: What are some resources potential evangelism-minded bloggers should check out?

Internet Evangelism Day Article |Making websites that are evangelistic|
www.ied.gospelcom.net/outreach.php

Bible.cc - Refer to the Word
www.bible.cc

CWO Blog Ring - Get Connected
www.christianwomenonline.net/Blogroll.html

Many Thanks to Darlene Schacht, Founder and Editor of Christian Women Online!

Darlene's Websites:
www.christianwomenonline.net
www.christianwomenonline.net/blog.html

 

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