National Delurking Week

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : January 8, 2007

Yep…once again it is delurking week. This is the week set apart within the blogosphere for lurkers everywhere to name themselves.

So, readers, please leave a comment. Tell me your name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been a reader, and (if you are adventuresome) why you read my blog.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He and his wife Amy have been married since 1997. They are expecting their first child in April.

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15 Responses to “National Delurking Week”

  1. Anna on January 8th, 2007 9:06 am

    Hello Mark,

    I only discovered your blog through Friends of Missional last week. So far…so good! Acutally, I’ve just adopted the term missional as a self-description. Seems to fit where I am at and the work God has for me to do.


    Anna in OK.

  2. eric on January 8th, 2007 11:31 am

    I don’t remember exactly where I found your blog but im sure it was something related to new monastic communities. I think it was a link from someone elses site. My name is Eric Judge, I live in Anchorage Alaska and go to the only mennonite church in town. I have read your blog for about a month and a half I think, commented a couple of times but mostly just read. If I commented and got into the discussion on the blogs i read the internet would take up far to much space in my life. I read your blog becuase I am interested knowing how life works out in an intentional christian community and becuase I like your anabaptis/anarchist perspective on culture etc. I enjoy reading. Good luck on your book, may God bless you and your wife and your community in the coming year.


  3. Maria on January 8th, 2007 12:19 pm


    I’m trying to remember how I found your blog… someone in the emergent conversation, no doubt. I lurk around a bunch of those blogs :> Hoping to stay consistent with my own blogging this year and maybe actually get to know some fellow bloggers.


  4. Michael on January 8th, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hi Mark — I like the new look. We’re acquainted a bit already (MySpace friends!), but I guess I started reading your blog about a year ago, probably while looking for Ekklesia Project-related folks. Very much looking forward to seeing how the new blog develops, as well as the book.

  5. jane on January 8th, 2007 8:05 pm

    Hey Mark -

    Happy Birthday, old man! Hope to see you at an Emergent lunch some time. God is pulling me deeper into pastoring, justice and postmodernism. I’m thrilled you’re writing the book - you go!

    Love what you’re doing - only comment - you need more women’s emerging blog sites….


  6. markvans on January 8th, 2007 8:11 pm

    Thanks Jane. Fair enough–I do need to balance out the masculinity of my links. I wonder if the lack of links to female bloggers is because I subconsciously connect more, somehow, with male bloggers or if it is because there aren’t as many female emerging bloggers. I’ll have to ponder that…

    One thing that could remedy the situation a bit would be if you started a blog and sent me the link :)

  7. fargo john on January 8th, 2007 10:36 pm

    i knew you in the flesh before i knew you in the cyber-sphere. i read your blog because it puts into words the feelings i have long had in my heart and mind. and i learn so much from all the big words you use.

    sorry i won’t be able to make it to your birthday gathering.

    i miss your face.

  8. amelythia on January 8th, 2007 11:05 pm

    i’m from your house

    i discovered you through camp joy

    i discovered your blog through the links you would email me to encourage me to read your blog

    i’ve been a sporadic reader since a few months after you started blogging (only reading specific blogs when you asked me to or when a group of our friends would reference something you blogged about that I hadn’t read). recently I’ve actually been keeping up with your posts.

    reading your blog reminds me of hearing your thoughts on long walks and car trips. the walks and the trips are still my favorite format, just for the record.

    your amy

  9. Steve Hayes on January 9th, 2007 5:02 am

    I think I found your blog when I was trying to find out more about urban monasticism and things like that.

    There’s a meeting place for those interested in that here:

  10. Rachel on January 9th, 2007 12:01 pm

    I originally found you surfing, and think I stumbled upon you by a now non-exisitant website that listed emergent communities all over the country. I visited virtually for a long time - then finally attended a Theology Pub. Lurking ever since. I am not super smarty enough to understand your lingo sometimes, so I tend not to comment. But - I try to keep coming back, because I know that every once in a while, I understand what you are saying, and it’s good food to chew on. I’m in the cities, and will continue to hold you and yours in prayer. Bless you.

  11. markvans on January 9th, 2007 5:03 pm

    Hello “Amelythia”–if that is your REAL name. Maybe you are ready for the next step–a blog of your own! I don’t think you’d have any problem finding things to blog about (your work is unique, your church experience is unique, and the stuff you have to put up with from your husband is unique). I’ll even help you set it up.

    your mark

  12. Richard Daley on January 9th, 2007 6:10 pm

    I’m not sure if you told me the URL or if I found it through searching for InterVarsity on technorati. I’ve been reading since late summer/fall. I read because you make me think, and I want to hear about your Missio Dei stuff. Also staff blogs are rare, and staff blogs of people within the support-gathering process are rarer.

  13. John Smulo on January 11th, 2007 12:19 am

    My name is John and this is the first day I’ve been to your blog, but I’ll definitely be back. Great stuff!

  14. James Kingsley on January 11th, 2007 1:47 pm

    Hey Mark. I’ve been reading for almost two years now i think….i’m pretty sure i de-lurked last year as well. I read cos you’ve got a rare ability to be critical without coming anywhere close to defensive or whiny. And the fact that you “play well with others” when it comes to the Church universal is pretty inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Ron on January 12th, 2007 3:38 am

    Hi Mark, yes I am a “lurker” sort of look through the curtain from time to time look and see what’s happenin’. I live in Victoria, British Coloumbia…a little island off the west coast of Canada. Always great to drop in here to be challenged, provoked by your thoughts…and conversations that many are missing or avoiding. Peace…Ron, I’ll be cak to lurk somemore.

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