Justin Hiebert

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Empowering Missional turns one!

Posted on 03 Aug 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Empowering Missional turns one!

The blog turned one year old earlier this week. Hard to believe how quickly a year flies by. Thanks readers for making every day special and memorable in some way. The last year has been a lot of fun as I’ve gotten to meet several new friends (#MennoNerds among others), have found a passion and voice in the blogging world, and have gotten to be a part of some pretty special things. One of the things I’ve also found is that new blogs start up all the time and never seem to last very long. What was once a promising young blog dies within a few weeks. Below are some thoughts on this one year reflection, along with some top posts.

1.) Blogging (and all of social media) is fun… but only if you want it to be.

Let’s face it, blogging can be hard work. New content several times a week is exhausting. It needs to be smart, compelling, sharable, and engaging. The ‘business’ side of it can drag down the fun part of it if you aren’t careful. I’ve loved blogging and needed to remind myself to have fun.

2.) Start out with a clearly defined niche.

I didn’t right away, and it cost me some valuable time. At first, I posted a little on this, and then a little on that, and only after blogging for several months did I start to find my voice. If you can do this legwork ahead of time, it saves a lot of pain later.

3.) Evernote is essential.

Don’t kid yourself. If you don’t have Evernote, hop on over and get it. Quick, easy, and multi-platform, it is the ONLY way to store, generate, and categorize ideas.

4.) A little bit of planning saves a lot of time (and energy, and frustration).

There’s nothing quite like getting to six in the evening trying to enjoy dinner with family and then thinking, “Oh shoot! I need to get a post out!” Developing a rhythm or schedule to blog writing lowers stress, raises the quality of the posts, and saves you, your readers, and your family a lot of frustration.

5.) Community is key.

There’s a reason it’s called social media. Engage with your followers, invite new ones in, and find other compelling stories that you want to share or contribute your voice to. Finding an online community enhances the greatness of the online world.


A year can be a lot of blog posts. Easily lost in the works, here are some of my personal favorites and the top views by all of you:

Series (link is to first post): Prayer, Pacifism and Just War

Posts: The Bible isn’t for You, Why Missional is so hard, An Obsession with being overworked, Your churning guts, Bounded and Centered

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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