In case you missed them, these were our most popular blog posts of 2015.

Posts on social media are always popular and they topped this list this year.  Our post popular was about the social media team at the Gathering.

I interviewed members of the team and got a glimpse of what the gathering looked like from behind a computer screen.

Behind the Scenes with the Social Media Team at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

Our second most popular post was by guest blogger, Pastor Mike Massa.  Mike retired this year and left behind this gift for his church and future pastors.  Wise words for those planning to retire.

A Gift from a Retiring Pastor to the Pastor Who Follows Him

This interview with Christopher Harris about how to best utilize your website for your digital ministry was also very popular.

Digital Ministry Advice from a guy who speaks both geek and church

Snapchat is the newest social media platform we should be familiar with.  This interview with Tracy Apps who rocked Snapchat at the Youth Gathering inspired me to use this app more.

What We Can Learn about Snapchat from the ELCA Youth Gathering

I moved about a year ago and decided to have an Epiphany Home Blessing.  That inspired me to write this post which also made our top ten list.

Epiphany Home Blessing

Honestly, when I wrote this post about church council meetings I was afraid it would be boring. Because well, sometimes church council meetings are boring.

A lot of people agreed because this post on how to make them better got a lot of views.

Towards a better church council meeting 

This year we joined with churches around the country (and Canada) to show em Jesus on Social Media Sunday.

Social media Sunday 

Disturbing and tragic events around the country this year inspired Bishop Eaton to have a conversation around racism and live stream it.  This post offers some reflections on that conversation.

Confronting Racism: Parallel Lives

Who would have expected an overflowing audience for a Rachel Kurtz concert in an open country church? Well read all about it here:

Concert in the Country Result of Geo-Parish Work

And finally, we joined with other Lutheran churches to use social media in our Lenten Reflections with a Lent Photo a day.

Lent Photo A Day

That was 2015.

Thank you for reading our blog.  I’m glad it has been useful to you and I hope to keep providing news and helpful articles in 2016.

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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.