Now is the time of year I typically do my end of the year report where I share with the readers and listeners of Servants of Grace what the Lord did through this ministry. The past year of ministry for us has been tremendous. We’ve experienced a record year regarding the growth of our team of writers and our website traffic. Before I go into the numbers, let me first thank you for our readers and listeners. Without you, this ministry would not be possible. I also want to thank all the contributors who write articles and reviews for us each year. Without you using your gifts for the glory of the Lord we would not be where we are this year. I also need to thank the ongoing support of Crossway, B&H, B&H Academic, and Zondervan for their help in putting me in contact with many of the authors I interviewed on the Equipping You in Grace Podcast.
Numbers represent real people, and real people matter to God. I share this list not to boast or brag. At Servants of Grace, we’re a team who gives the glory to the Lord for what He has done. With that in mind here is our traffic for this year. This year we had 106,853 unique visitors, 398,701 visits, 4,117,417 page views, 6,537,227 hits, and 234.96 GB used. We had 125,410 downloads for the podcast this year and over 55k downloads for theology for life. In 2015, we had 95,043 unique visitors, 355,246 visitors, 3,935,381 page views, 6,480,314 hits, 152.GB 9,059 downloads for theology for life, and 25,253 downloads for podcast and sermons. When we compare 2015 to 2016 here is what we get:
Unique visitor’s growth from 2015 to 2016: 11,810. Visits growth from 2015 to 2016: 43,455. Page views from 2015 to 2016: 182,036. Downloads from 2015 to 2016: 100,157. Downloads for theology for life from 2015 to 2016: 45,941. Our top countries outside of the United States were Ukraine, France, China, German, Russia, Slovak Republic, Canada, the Philippines Great Britain, and Australia.
We posted 1299 articles this year.
In 2017 we will have the same continued commitment to articles and reviews. On the blog, we will continue to have series; one’s specifically focused on the biblical text and other practical matters related to the Christian life and ministry. In January we have a series planned on Galatians. In February we will tackle the book of Ecclesiastes. In March we will look at 1 Timothy and in April we will look at 2 Timothy. That’s all we have planned regarding series at this point.
If you are a Christian who loves to write, we want to hear from you! Please go to our guest submission page and send us your article idea!
Theology for Life
2017 will also see the continuation of Theology for Life. In March/April of 2017, we will tackle hermeneutics, the art, and science of biblical interpretation. In June/July, we will look at suffering, justice, and the sovereignty of God. In September/October, we will look at the Five Solas as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will round out the rest of the year looking at Apologetics and Worldview in December 2016/January 2017.
Equipping You in Grace
Lastly, 2017 will see the continuation of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast. I recorded, edited, and produced close to 50 episodes of the podcast in 2016.
The following list is likely to change but will give you some idea of what to expect in the coming year as to who will come on and what we will discuss. One thing I’d like to do this next year is field our listener’s questions on special episodes and also to talk about issues inside and outside the church as they come up. If you have ideas or questions, please don’t hesitate to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 1st, 2017- Dave special episode- New Year, Same Gospel, Same Mission, and Fresh Resolutions to the Glory of God
January 8th- Ray Ortlund- Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel
January 15th- Jeremy Pierre- The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life.
January 22nd- Bruce Ashford- One Nation under God.
January 29th Jason Allen– Discerning Your call to ministry.
February 5th- Alex Early– New Believers Guide to the Christian Life.
February 12th- Paul Gilbert– Letting Go
February 19th – Bryan Chappel Unlimited Grace
February 26th Mike McKinley Church in Hard Places How the Local Church Brings Life To The Poor and Needy
March 5th- David Sills- Head, Heart, and Hands
March 12th- Gerald Hiestand- The Pastor-Theologian.
March 19th— Doug Bond– War in the Wasteland
March 26th- Dave special episode.
April 3- Daniel Im– Planting Missional Churches
April 10th- Douglas Bond on The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts
April 17th- Dave special episode
April 24th— Doug Bond- Grace Works (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t)
As you can see, we have a full year of ministry planned with tons of content designed to help you grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the gospel.
On behalf of the leadership and contributors of Servants of Grace, I want to thank you our dear listeners and readers for your ongoing support. I want to give glory to the Lord for all that He has done this year through this ministry. Without His sovereign hand guiding the leadership and the writers we would not be where we are now. Thank you, friends, for your support this past year. I’m excited about what the Lord is doing through this ministry and look forward by God’s grace to continue to lead Servants of Grace and our various ministries. Thank you for making serving in this ministry a true joy my friends.
In Christ Alone,
Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries