So, in the spirit of Web 2.0, I ask you a question.  I’ve been wondering what to blog about in January and I’m tempted to go in a particular direction…but it’s a big commitment on both of our parts.  I hate being mr. negative, but I feel like writing for most of the month on two subjects that in the end I hope will be redemptive, not negative (although it could sound that way). 

This morning I wrote list of the top ten traps church leaders/volunteers fall into, and then another list on the top ten traps Christians fall into.  I know, because I’ve been in almost every one of these traps at one point or another.  There’s no science to what makes the lists: just my observations after years of doing this.  But as we start a new year, I know I always like to think about learning how to live differently and more wisely, and the goal would be to catalyze that kind of change through these discussions.

About one trap a day (or five a week) for pretty much the rest of the month.

What do you think?  Boring?  Too negative?  Too whatever?  Could we phrase it differently?  What do you think? (Curious as to what they are?  I’m not telling you in advance. :))   

The goal would would be at the end of the month to have had some great reflection, dialogue and hopefully healthier leadership and a healthier following of God among all of us, myself included. 

Fire away.  The floor is yours.   Tell me whether you’d like this or not.


  1. L Fournier on January 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    The traps that we fall into…great blog idea Carey. I am sure that I can relate to a few. Even without a sneak peak:) Could you also include an escape clause for these traps:)) Looking forward to it.

  2. Bill Laxton on January 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Daily traps, and what to blog about. Given that these are occurring hand in hand, I am lead to suggest a trap series ( for say one week) that discusses hippocrisy, mercy and grace. From my own learning curve in life, I have seen a connection.


  3. Allen Forget on January 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I think your blog topic is going to be great and very needed. (I wish I could get the list early)Us leaders in the church could really use some helpful insite into the pitfalls of what really truly is a difficult thing to manage. Being human is easy because that is what we are! We are not, and never will be, perfect and without sin. The challenge for us all is to accept our imperfections, recognize our weaknesses and respond and act on them. For me that is the very best I can do. I can never be exactly like Jesus was, no one can! What I can do is carry a little card around with all those pitfalls written on it as a reference for those moments when I need reminding of what NOT TO DO!( Good idea Eh Carey. Make sure you make them wallet size though.LOL )

    Kathy from Penetang. Please come and see us at Knox Presbyterian in Midland. I am away from the church until Sunday Jan 20 but if you do decide to check us out please come and introduce yourself to me. I am the music director and leader of the praise band.

  4. Carey Nieuwhof on January 7, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Hey Kathy from Penetang…thanks for your comments and reflections.

    Just so you know, Knox Presbyterian Midland and Covenant Community Church in Penetang are great churches.

    Also, not that I'm trying to get you to attend Connexus, but both Connexus campuses have 8:30 services and the drive to the Orillia galaxy should be the same time or shorter than the drive to Trinity was.

  5. Wendy & Kim Creasey on January 7, 2008 at 10:29 am

    This sounds like a great topic. As long as we do the learning with a positive attitude we will gain a huge awareness of the traps to look out for. Look forward to what is coming.

  6. Kathy Larkins on January 7, 2008 at 8:54 am

    I just read the comments in the December issue of the Presbyterian Record and want to say that as a "mature" long-time Christian I always felt fed, inspired and encouraged by Carey's messages at Trinity. I have attended many church services during my 57 years and found Trinity quite by accident. I was turned on to a church as never before – enough to drive 40 minutes every Sunday to your 8:30 service from Penetanguishene! I now feel like a lost soul, since the drive to south Barrie or Orillia is just that much farther and the 8:30 service is no longer. I am now searching for a church closer to home that can provide me with the same uplifting message and experience that I had from Trinity. Not an easy task! The Presbyterian Church made a HUGE mistake in not finding a way to keep Trinity's ministry within its denomination! Kathy from Penetang

  7. Gaye Tomazic on January 7, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Hey Carey: what about blogging about raising teenagers in a high pressure world of designer labels and peer pressure. We all know how difficult it is to raise teenagers these days and things are a lot different now then when we were that age. Would love to hear your side of things and how everyone else is copeing.


  8. Stephanie on January 6, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Love your idea Carey. I think it can be a great way to expand on your Sunday message as well. This morning was pretty eye opening…I want to tackle more!

  9. Robert Currie on January 6, 2008 at 8:07 am

    An excellent idea! The traps of life are events that we all should try to avoid or, if we're in one, would generally like to leave behind.
    Many traps may contain valuable life lessons and teach us many things. However once the lessons are learned it's good to know how to get out.

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