confessional blogging… should we?

This is my new idea for my blog. You’ve heard about that postcard project where Frank Warren left blank postcards around with a return address on them, and he invited people to write their deepest secret on it and mail it to him. As a result, he wrote PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives, a book full of these anonymous confessions.

I want to do something similar on this site. Since it is nakedpastor, a site where I try to be as transparent as possible as a pastor, I’m sure there are other pastors out there who may have something to say. It will be a weekly post from another pastor sharing whatever he or she wants to share with those who read my blog. Pastors: you can send me an email and I promise I will keep the post entry you submit completely confidential. Only I will see who wrote it. If there was a way to conceal who sent the email, even better. Just be assured that I will maintain the highest code of confidentiality. I promise! Let’s give it a shot. Pastors:send in a confession. It can be about anything in your life. Be transparent and honest. It will be interesting the kinds of responses and comments your posts will receive. It will, I suspect, benefit many because, #1, people will see that pastors are real people too; and #2, those who write a post will receive feedback.

Everybody let me know what you think about this idea. Should we try it?

About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • slim14

    That will take guts…Great idea though. Maybe some sort of form online so that it doesn’t have to be an email? Much like these comment boxes.

  • nakedpastor

    ya. i might try to figure something like that out

  • Jacquelyn

    I don’t know how many pastors you have reading this site but sounds to me like, from their non-response, that perhaps it’s not anonymous enough for them. I do, however, think that it’s a great idea!

  • Jacquelyn

    Or perhaps they are still in the middle of it and find it hard to talk about something they haven’t come all the way thru… many of us are that way, aren’t we.

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  • Chris

    I’m with Jacquelyn. I hear pin drops on this. Someday, when I’m finally a pastor I’ll send you something to post.( Just don’t tell’em its me. sshhhh)

  • Jeff

    I am looking forward to reading them. Let me be the first to make a confession….sometimes….well….actually…at lot of the time….I only talk to the people in my church because I have to.