Top Bloggers of 2020

2020 was a strange and wonderful year in so many ways! The Next Step Community shared 135,572 words in 186 posts, encouraged 13,625 people who viewed our next step content a total of 27,351 times (and counting)!

Fifteen different blog authors and contributors helped make that engagement possible. Of those fifteen, five in particular created an amazing amount of content geared toward helping you take a next step. As we head into 2021, take a look back at some of your favorite blogs. Find an author you like and explore more of their content. Share something meaningful with a friend. Look for ways Jesus is speaking into your life through the people He has placed around you. We follow Jesus better when we follow Him together.

Kristeen Bruun

Kristeen Bruun takes an honest and faithful look at her own life and the lives of the people around her. She often challenges herself to see things differently, and in so doing, transforms our ordinary experiences into invitations to follow Jesus. From pedicures to ponderous tomes, from price tags to children’s rhymes, Kristeen opens us up to seeing the Spirit at work all around. See All Blogs from Kristeen Bruun.

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Ivy for Dana

Perfect healing awaits the End of Days, but the earthly gifts of God can soothe our souls already now.

No Regrets!

Kristeen Bruun takes a look back at turning points in her life and finds grace where there used to be regrets.


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Katie Helmreich

Katie Helmreich’s writing combines her faith and her family life. You’ll find practical tips for leading family devotions. You’ll catch a glimpse of the weariness and frustration that seems to hound motherhood. But you will most clearly see dependence on Jesus shining through the ups and downs of common, ordinary, everyday life. From fireworks to burnt cookies, from growing pains to treasure hunts, Katie invites us into a vibrant attitude of exploration and discovery. See All Blogs from Katie Helmreich.

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Embrace the Process

Do you ever get overwhelmed with the messy part of a project? It’s hard to know how to respond in a new situation that isn’t going according to plan. Katie Helmreich encourages us to persevere and embrace the messy parts of the process; God is at work, even when you feel overwhelmed.

Be Still, and Notice

Aside from a few meetings, the occasional appointment, and notes about dress-up days and show-and-tell, there’s really nothing much going on. Why does it still feel like we’re spinning out of control?


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Kim Longden

Kim Longden approaches following Jesus as an adventure of discovery. You’ll see her experiment with something new, and invite you to do the same. You’ll see her try and take a small next step and then look for what Jesus is inviting her into next. Kim’s attitude of excitement and experimentation is contagious. From little things, like adding some music to family devotions, to big things, like preparing for your child’s surgery, Kim opens us up to a way of living that looks for the Spirit’s work and leans into dependence on Jesus. See All Blogs from Kim Longden.

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Fear Not

When all of the “what ifs” get out of control, Kim Longden discovers God already had patiently prepared a promise for her in the midst of her regular routine.

Childlike Joy

The burdens and worries of adult life can steal your sense of wonder and delight. Kim Longden shares how her growing dependence on Jesus came with an unexpected benefit: the return of childlike joy.

Unexpected Emotions

Why am I feeling like THIS? unexpected emotions can be an invitation to lean into your experience and invite Jesus to be present with you, even when you don’t know what you are feeling. Or why.


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Valerie Matyas

Valerie Matyas shares her faith walk and her family life often through the lens of Visual Faith™ Ministry where she serves as a Visual Faith Coach and Educational Development Consultant. Not surprisingly, many of Valerie’s blogs included video tutorials to help people engage the three hymn journals from Next Step Press. See All Blogs from Valerie Matyas.

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Justin Rossow

Justin Rossow, founder of Next Step Press and The Next Step Community, also made significant contributions to our blog this year. Though the topics very from cultural studies to help for pastors, all of his blogs are designed to help you delight in taking a small next step following Jesus. See All Blogs from Justin Rossow.

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A Pressed Penny Promise

Justin Rossow reflects on Sunday’s sermon. In the midst of suffering, the image of a pressed penny reminds you where you are going and to whom you belong.


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Special thanks to these authors! They helped make The Next Step Community a vibrant place to follow Jesus in 2020.

If you would like to see more from these and other Next Step contributors, check out Jesus at the Center of My Messy Life: Tales from the Next Step Community, Year One.

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