Happy 1st Birthday to RookiePreacher.com

One year ago, Joe and I launched this website with the first post. Since then we’ve seen continued growth in terms of traffic, reach, and impact. As pastors ourselves, we felt that there was a need to be filled to help others preach and lead better. It turns out, we were right.Happy 1st Birthday to RookiePreacher.com

We’re so thankful for you – our community who reads, shares, and comments on what is produced here. The future holds a lot of great anticipation for the new resources we plan on creating. In the next couple of months we’ll have a BIG announcement to share with you all that we’ve been working on for months now.

Happy 1st Birthday to RookiePreacher.com

If you’re interested, below I’ll give you a breakdown of the growth of the site and what resonated most with people like you – pastors who want to preach and lead better.

Website Stats

From the start, Joe and I (as well as our great team of contributors) felt that we could both create consistent content each week. With a few exceptions, we’ve done that! And it has provided a steady stream of insight on preaching and leadership. Below are some basic stats regarding the site:

  • 191 posts were written and published
  • 66,263 pageviews

Social Reach

We started with a simple strategy – a Twitter account and email. Since then, we started a Facebook group, and most recently, a Facebook page.

  • 1,110 email subscribers
  • 504 Twitter followers
  • 211 members of our private Facebook group
  • 50 likes on our Facebook page

If you aren’t already connected with us in some way, I highly recommend you join our email list because of the free resources we give away to those who subscribe. We currently offer 3 – 56 Weeks of Preaching Topics, and 2 Evernote Templates – Weekly Productivity Template, and Sermon Series Planning Template. We’re always thinking of new resources we can create and give to you for free, so join today!

Here are the links to the other places you can connect with us:

Twitter | Private Facebook Group | Facebook Page.

Reach on Top Ministry Sites

We’ve been blessed with the privilege to have many of our posts here (Joe and me both) be reposted on sites like ChurchLeaders and SermonCentral. Additionally, we’ve been blown away with the generosity by people who share our posts on their top posts of the week style of posts. Brian Dodd has featured us on his many times. Thanks, Brian! Be sure to check out his site for great leadership insight.

Top 7 Posts of Year One

Why 7? Because no one does the top 7!

  1. How to Structure a Sticky Sermon
  2. 5 Things Pastors Should Do When They’re Not Feeling Creative
  3. 3 Evernote Notebooks Every Pastor Needs + Free Bonuses
  4. 5 Pastors Share Their Weekly Sermon Prep Process
  5. What 10 Hours of Joel Osteen’s Preaching Taught Me
  6. 20 Great Tools and Apps for Pastors
  7. How to Create an Awesome Sermon Introduction

From that list above, it looks like what resonates the most are practical resource-based posts. And then, of course, the provocative title by Peter Walters, a monthly contributor here at RP. Great post, Peter!

Thanks for a Great First Year of RookiePreacher.com!

Seriously. Thank you so much for being a part of this. We hope that you are benefitting from the content we publish here. And be on the lookout for a BIG announcement in the coming months regarding a big project that Joe and I are working on. To be the first to know, join our email community!

Let us know how we can serve you better. Our mission here is simple: help pastors preach and lead better. Comment below and let us know what you would like to see from us in year two.

Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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