Good Changes Coming to the Blog Next Week

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean link

(There will be another post today.)

For the next two week, we will be posting on our usual schedule. However, as you will see, these posts will be the permanent new pages that we will be posting in our new Page area.

Here is how we see this. We have selected these topics and will be coming up with a few more. This is not a complete list and is subject to change.

  • The ARC
  • Church membership considerations
  • Church discipline issues
  • Church contracts aka covenants problems
  • How to leave a church even while under discipline
  • Links to stories we don't have time to cover
  • Go Fund Me/fundraising-new rules and ongoing projects
  • Prayer requests

Each of these pages will have a few paragraphs with an overview of the subject. Then it will list a number of posts we did pertaining to the pages' topic and links. Each page will have a Page Potentate-a person to watch over the comments which and alert us if we have overlooked something, especially potential new stories or a person needing help  We need some help given the fact that this blog is getting so many comments.

We will continue our new posts as usual after the pages are up. However, if there are breaking stories, like the Tom Chantry trial, we will keep you all updated. There will also be a few people looking over the new posts for potential blog tiffs and alerting us if we have overlooked them. It is our hope that having some permanent pages may help new readers who often ask similar questions that we have already dealt with.

Once this is completed. The Guy Behind the Curtain is going to update our blog rules with our approval. Also, we will be updating our biographies, etc. Also, a wonderful young woman is going to be working with our Facebook page since we just don't have the time. We'll introduce you to her as well. 

We are open to your suggestions but would ask that you hold on those until we get this process underway. Once the first posts are up and running. we will consider other topics.

It is our goal and wish to be as personal as possible on this blog. We hate the idea of being talking heads because the two of us are so relational. We are still reeling from the interest in this blog and hope you all will bear with us as we muddle through. We hope this will create a bit of a breather for us to get to know our commenters better.

You all are the best readers ever. Please know we pray for you and care greatly about what you say. Comments are not words. They are the personal and important expressions of people and we never forget that there is a dearly beloved person behind each and every comment- even the weird ones!


Good Changes Coming to the Blog Next Week — 20 Comments

  1. Thanks to Dee, Deb, GBTC and everyone else involved for making this such a great place. What a wonderful community this is. πŸ™‚

  2. @ Godith:
    Heard this on NPR today but saw the story 1st here at TWW. Thank you Deb and Dee, TGBTC, your team, and commenting family for the rich TWW experience. God bless you one and all.

  3. @ Godith:
    I feel Wartburg Tingle coming on. *I see things.* Lawsuits, hidden pedophiles, domestic violence under wraps…I give it less than 3 years.

  4. And how about deleting some of these unwinsome comments? πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for everything. Would not be signed up for my first mission trip without y’all.

  5. This is good news, Dee & Deb. I would like to say at this time that I am so thankful for your blog. The interactions between commenters is like nothing I have ever seen anywhere else on a Christian blog. I especially appreciate the various views and participation of people from diverse backgrounds. May the future of The Wartburg Watch be blessed by God, and may many victims of spiritual and sexual abuse be helped by what is written here.

    *P.S. – If you still need some extra help with your blog in any capacity, I have some time on my hands and would be willing to pitch in. Just let me know. πŸ˜‰

  6. Godith wrote:

    Briarwood church in AL got state senate approval for police force!

    As I said on social media, let’s hope some very good litigators take them on and sue them and get a ruling that it’s unconstitutional.

  7. To the Deebs–we love you all. You have kept me from feeling like I was mentally losing it. I initially chimed in because of the C J Mahaney cover-up and have learned more than I even thought I needed to know! What you all are doing is so important so THANK YOU thank you.

  8. @ Velour:
    Unconstitutional how? Under separation of church and state? Don’t get me wrong–I oppose a church police force. If there’s that much concern about lawlessness at Briarwood, perhaps they ought to scale down the church and get rid of the school and seminary. I’m sure they scammed people on how many “events” they have there. Each and every 5 person Bible study or prayer meeting constitutes an “event” in their book most likely. The whole thing stinks.

  9. Godith wrote:

    @ Velour:
    Unconstitutional how? Under separation of church and state?


    Some good litigators/groups could hone in on that and perhaps find other legal problems
    that this poses.

  10. It’s exciting to see how much your blog has grown and changed over the years. Thanks for doing what you do!

  11. Dee and Deb,
    Thanks for making this a safe place for victims and their families to talk about the hard stuff.Thank you for believing victims for the immense information it has helped me personally process. Ty for the gofundme and those here who have aided me and billy. Thank you both for exposing abuse and the churches/pastors covering it up!