Can I just start by saying thank you for 2014?
I mean, really…the community that’s part of this blog is amazing. You really are!
So thank you for making 2014 an exceptionally rewarding year.
Your comments, emails, and all the face to face conversations we’ve had during my speaking engagements or at conferences like The Orange Conference and The Orange Tour have made this year so rewarding. I love hearing your stories. And I love what God is doing in you and through your leadership.
The goal here on my blog and podcast is simple: to help you lead like never before.
I hope this Top 10 list helps serve as a short list of what leaders found most valuable and helpful in the last 12 months on the blog.
The Top 10 Posts of 2014
The methodology for the ranking is simply based on page views. The post at #1 was more read than any other post I wrote this year.
So without further ado, here’s the list:
1. 10 Very Possible Reasons Your Church Isn’t Growing. A short guide to ten common reasons your church isn’t reaching new people. Interestingly…the most viewed post of all time on my blog (over 275,000 page views and counting) is also about reasons why most churches don’t grow.
2. What to Do When People Want Your Church To Grow, But Not Change. 6 options for leaders when people want different results but no change. I heard this complaint from church leaders so many times I decided to suggest a strategy around it.
3. The Top 10 Things Pharisees Say Today. On a bike ride one day, I started asking myself what the Pharisees would say if they were still alive today. Got home and wrote the post.
4. 5 Things Your Pastor Wishes He Could Tell You. Pastors are people too. 5 things most pastors think about but rarely say out loud. At least these thoughts swim in my head.
5. 5 Early Lessons from the Dissolution of Mars Hill Church. Who would have guessed 2014 would be the year a mega-church with a 40 something leader would dissolve? But it did. 5 early lessons.
6. 5 Things Netflix is Showing Church Leaders About the Future. I realized my viewing habits had changed so much. So have others. Churches won’t be exempt from these kinds of massive cultural trends.
7. 5 Things That Won’t Make Your Church Grow, Despite What You Might Think. I don’t only write about church growth, but, as noted, why churches grow or don’t grow is consistently one of the top subjects people read about on my blog. I write about it a lot because church growth and momentum is a varied subject.
8. Revivals Are Dead: 5 Things That Will Never Be the Same Again. A little like Sesame Street, I think 2014 was brought to you by the number 5 (What is it with 5 things????). Posts about cultural change and change in the church are the second most-read subjects I write about.
9. 5 Things That Give Pastors a Bad Name With Unchurched People. This post is actually just a few weeks old…but garnered over 16,000 views in its first few weeks, enough to squeeze onto the list. Thanks to Bon Jovi for getting a song stuck in my head…that turned into a post (You give love…a bad name).
10. Why Most Churches Greet You Like It’s 1999. If I thanked Bon Jovi for inspiring the last post title, I owe Prince (or the artist formerly known that way) for this one. Still, the subject matter of the post is so simple it shocked me we hadn’t done it. Judging by all the comments and traffic around this post, we weren’t the only church wasn’t talking about our social media during Sunday announcements. Grateful so many have made that simple switch.
2014 was a very encouraging year for the blog.
It was the first year my blog had over a million readers. Quite honestly, I never dreamed a million people would read my blog when I started blogging in earnest just 27 months ago.
But 1.2 million readers and almost 1.7 million page views into 2014, I just want to say thank you for your kindness, support and encouragement.
To that end, I published over 125 new posts this year, and since I started blogging seriously in September 2012 I’ve published over 400 new posts.
It was also a year I changed some stuff up for the better.
1. Redesign (Finally!)
2014 saw a brand new redesign to my site, the first in quite a few years.
Thanks to Chris Lema for his exceptional work as he completely reimagined and rebuilt this site from the inside out. Chris is a great guy, and if you don’t read his blog, you should.
It’s one of the top blogs for entrepreneurs, bloggers and leaders out there with some Wordpress help thrown in for good measure.
2. The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
After two years of thinking about it, I finally launched a podcast in September of 2014.
It’s been so great to have leadership conversations with leaders like Andy Stanley, Perry Noble, Tony Morgan, Casey Graham, Ted Cunningham, Jon Acuff, Pete Wilson and more that are available for free for all leaders.
Here’s a post that lists the Top 5 podcast episodes of 2014 and some highlights from our first few months!
I can honestly say I’ve loved every episode—the guests have been that amazing. And I’m tremendously excited about having the podcast archives serve as a library for leaders looking to lead better.
We grew in 2014. Everything that’s happened this year wouldn’t have happened without an incredible team.
My amazing assistant Sarah Piercy helps navigate my calendar, my speaking engagements, helps with email and basically keeps me on track. She works with me at Connexus where I lead full time. She’s sensational at what she does.
I also began working with Kevin Jennings, who is the executive producer of my podcast and also helped with the redesign and rebranding of the blog. Kevin is such a clear thinker and is going to help bring more help for leaders as we move forward into 2015!
Toby Lyles is the technical producer of the podcast, editing the tracks and getting the episodes ready for distribution on iTunes and beyond. Proud of Toby for starting a new company this year, TwentyFourSound.
In addition, Jessica Smith and Joanna Easley have helped coordinate the complex work of the podcast, helping with show notes and project managing. So glad to have them on the team.
What’s Ahead for 2015
1. More New Content
That won’t change.
But there’s some new stuff in the works too I hope you’ll be excited about.
2. The Leading Change Without Losing It Master Class
My most recent book, Leading Change Without Losing It, shows you five proven strategies that can help you lead change in the face of opposition.
In 2015, I’ll release a 6 part online, on-demand video Master Class that will teach the principles behind the book to you and your team. It will come with a study guide and hard copies of the book. It’s designed to help your team lead change in the face of opposition with excellence, sensitivity and persistence.
In 2015, I’ll be introducing a few select partners with the blog and podcast. Their sponsorship of the blog and podcast will help it get better and I think will be a real source of encouragement to you.
I’ve resisted adding sponsorships to this point, knowing that when I did it, I wanted it to be done with integrity and in a way that you, the reader, would be grateful for.
So in 2015, you’ll start to see some organizations and companies partner with me in my work. I hope you’ll support them. In fact, I plan to bring on the kind of partners you would want to support. My plan is to only feature partners whose services I personally use and believe in, and who will help you as a leader.
4. A New Book
There’s no release date yet, but I’m working on a new book.
I’m really excited about the next decade. There’s actually about 5 books I’d love to write, and I can’t wait to see the first one come off the presses. We’re negotiating with publishers right now.
Stay tuned. 2015 is going to be an exciting year!
Got Any Questions?
So those are the top posts of the year and a recap and forecast of the season we’re in.
Got any questions or anything you’d love to see?
Scroll down and leave a comment!
And let’s finish where we started – thank you! So thankful for you!