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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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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What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

There isn’t one shiny Calling out there with my name on it, just waiting to be discovered. A calling isn’t synonymous with occupation or location. That’s just silly. God doesn’t need me because I have a special purpose; God grants purpose to everything I am and do!

O Zoom, All Ye Faithful

Children’s Christmas Programs are a bit different this year. Katie Helmreich grieves normal a bit, but helps us see joy in the different.

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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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Mom’s Trash Can

Kim Longden notices old habits are hard to break, and trusting Jesus in the midst of grief or change is a real blessing.

Choose Kind

Kim Longden resets her own filter as she tries to put the best construction on everything.

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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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Midnight Packing

What was it like for Joseph to get up in the middle of the night and pack for a quick escape to Egypt, when magi had just given such strange and expensive gifts?

What Child Is This?

In this episode of the Next Step Podcast, Matthew scholar Jeff Gibbs joins Justin Rossow to talk about Chapter 11: What Child Is This? from the resource Light in the Darkness: A Hymn Journal for Advent & Christmas.

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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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