Podcast Episode 010, 40 min
Writing For Ministry, with Drew Dyck, EP 010
In this week’s episode of Can This Work In A Small Church? I interview Drew Dyck about the important subject of Writing for Ministry. Drew is the author of several books, most recently, Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science (A Guide for Sinners, Quitters, and Procrastinators). Drew has spent a couple decades as a writer and editor for major church publishers.

And there is a hill to climb there as far as carving out a bit of an audience, but just go for it. It can happen. That's the first thing I feel like you need to tell some folks because they feel really insecure.

The other thing is you do want to develop a bit of a niche, you’ve got to find something that, you know, I get a lot of people that say, “Drew, I've got this book, um, about community. I want to write a book about community.”

“And I go, well, that's great. That's a great topic.”

Right? I mean, it's not really a topic. It's like a whole area.

And the thing if someone's going to read your book about community, you've got to find a bit of a fresh angle. Maybe it's something counter-intuitive that you've learned about community. Maybe it's, you know, a tough story you've gone through in a community and the hard one lessons you've learned.

It's gotta be fresh. It's gotta be a little bit more defined, I would say. And you're a great example, right? You're not telling everyone how to run a church or a ministry in every single context. Your heart is because of your background, because of what you do, as a small church pastor. And I love that.

So giving some careful thought to what am I most passionate about? Like, not just, what can I talk about? But what gets me up in the morning? What am I thinking about when I have free time? You know, that kind of thing. Those are good clues often for the first area that you can write in.

KV: You said it, but it's true. That was exactly my track. The whole idea of looking for a publisher—“I don't have a social media”—that was the argument I had, or not the argument, but the challenge that I gave Shelly years ago when I was, you know . . . I gained this passion for finding all this information about small churches, which I couldn't find put together anywhere in a single book at the time.

And then Shelly was the one who said, “well, you know, quit complaining that nobody's written the book and write the book.” And my first opposition to that, to her, was what you just said a lot of us have, which is, “I don't have an audience. Nobody knows who I am. Why would anybody care about my book?”

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August 19, 2021

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