What I Learned Blogging About Toronto
When I decided to blog about Toronto for a month, I wasn’t sure how it would go. I worried about people tuning out, or that I’d run out of things to say.
The month is over, even though I’m stretching it with one more interview this Thursday. I’ve been pleased overall with this experiment. Here’s what I’ve learned.
- People care about Toronto. I’ve been encouraged to see some response from people who don’t live here, but who still care about this city. Some have expressed a desire to move back. That’s great news. I hope this catches on.
- We’re not alone. It’s been encouraging for me to interview others who love this city as much as I do. Their voices made a big difference. It’s also been encouraging to see other pastors and planters respond to this series by sharing posts on social media, and responding with comments. I love being reminded that we’re not alone, even in a city with a relatively small percentage of evangelicals.
- Success is hard to measure. I had two goals in this series: to get people to pray for Toronto, and to prompt some people to consider moving back. I have no idea how to measure how well this series has achieved these goals. Both goals are ambitious; the second goal borders on crazy. Time will tell if this series made a difference.
- Focus is good. Although I worried about one topic being too constricting, I enjoyed the focus.
Two articles (here and here) total only 5,400 words, but literally changed my life. This series is going to weigh in at at just over 8,000 words. That’s not a lot, but I’m hoping that a simple blog series may contribute, even a little, to people praying for, moving to, and serving in a city that needs the Lord.
- Understanding Toronto
- From Canada’s Bible Belt To Toronto: An Interview With Tim Strickland
- The Spiritual Condition of Toronto
- As Toronto Goes: An Interview With Bert Thomson
- The “Move Back” Idea
- Toronto As A Ministry Incubator: An Interview With Barry Parker
- Pray for Toronto
- The City Of Borrowed Gospel Ethics: An Interview With Dan MacDonald