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Learning Out Loud

I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now and often struggled to find my voice and at times even understand why I was blogging. In some ways, this has essentially been my platform to learn out loud. Early on I was pretty unintentional when using this platform, but would get different feedback and responses from various blog posts that have fueled me to continue to learn out loud about different topics. 

I actually started blogging 6 years ago when I felt directionless in ministry, but was really interested in the intersection of technology and the church. I didn’t think it could actually be a job, but I started writing about it out loud and would watch my Google Analytics when 4-5 (yes, that was four to five… not 45) people read my blog each day. One of those people happened to be Robert Emmitt, which led to a lunch, which led to the job that has dramatically changed my life and ministry career. 

If for no other reason blogging to get my current job made it all worth it. I kept blogging and have connected with so many people through this platform and have been blown away watching the traffic grow and hearing the stories of those who have learned from my learnings. So, I’m going to keep learning out loud and pray my thoughts bring value to you in some way. 

If there any topics that you would like to hear about in 2016 I would love to hear from you!  Simply comment or leave me a message on my contact page. I genuinely want to hear from you and how I can best use this medium to help you in your ministry or organization. Let’s have a great 2016 continuing to learn together!

We’re Celebrating 2015

I get this question a lot: “So, what is it exactly that you do and why the heck are you in New York?”  

Well, there’s no easy answer to this question, but let me answer it directly: I’m the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church (oversee pretty much everything on the Internet – website, apps, Online Church, etc.) and my wife and I choose to live in New York for this season in order for our family to gain a unique life perspective.  

Out of my work at Community Bible Church came my book, speaking opportunities and several consulting opportunities, which led us to launch this Nils Smith Solutions business. What has from day 1 functioned as a side business for me personally continues to blow me away by the impact we have been able to make as a team. While there are so many things I would love to celebrate when it comes to my work at CBC or experiences I would like to highlight from my family, I wanted to use this post to celebrate the impact that this business has been able to make over the past year.

Here are some of our highlights from 2015:

I’m humbled as I look at the impact that God has allowed for us to have this year. We believe that God has even greater plans for 2016 and preparing for exponentially greater impact. We appreciate your being a part of the journey and pray that we are able to serve you effectively in the future whether it’s through blog posts, online courses, strategic solutions or consulting services. We are truly humbled, honored and grateful as we celebrate 2015!  

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015