The Four Websites I Just Can't Ignore

I used to use Google Reader until I discovered Twitter.  I then found that Twitter's "favorite" feature (starring) was a great way for me to save links and then read them when I had more time to focus. Twitter just seemed to make my RSS reader seem, well, irrelevant.  I said goodbye to Google Reader and pushed on.

Of late, there are a few sites that I have purposefully not subscribed to via email.  I do follow the authors on Twitter but there's something organic about actually going to their sites on a daily basis.  Why bother?  For me, it's a bit of a ritual but I also find their sites aesthetically pleasing (a fancy word for "looks nice").  They authors are thoughtful and speak to where I'm at right now in my ministry and in life.  So who are these masked men?

  1. Michael Hyatt.  Michael is the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the world's largest Christian publishing company in the world.  He writes about Web 2.0, leadership and writing.  I find his insights helpful as a new CEO myself and his Tweets (@michaelhyatt) only compliment the strong content that can be found at his site.

  2. Pastor Connections. This site is a combined effort of several pastors who write about different aspects of ministry.  Each day there is a different focus and once a month, pastors join together in Ohio for a shared discussion.  I find this site particularly challenging in a good way.

  3. Church Crunch. CC is dedicated to all-things-tech but as they relate to ministry.  You get plenty of high-end geeky stuff but since it has a ministry angle, there is an honest sense that the authors are on your side.  Nice layout and plenty of updated content.  On Twitter, @human3rorr.

  4. Scott Cheatham.  Scott is a forty-something pastor in Colorado who is also a church planter.  His articles seem to blend much of the above three sites, weaving tech with ministry with writing.  Scott is also great about getting back to you so feel free to drop him a line.  You can also follow him on Twitter, @scottcheatham.