The Uncommen Writer


If you’ve read an Uncommen article on our website or through our weekly newsletter, chances are you’ve benefited from the efforts of a volunteer writer. While the Uncommen team writes many of the blog articles, we do have some that are written by people who just want to help us develop great content.

I know what you’re thinking…

  • I’ve never written anything like this before
  • I’m way to busy to fit this into my schedule
  • I don’t know where to start
  • I don’t want everyone to know my struggles
  • I need to cut the grass before it rains
  • But 98% of the people who take part in writing content for Uncommen are men just like yourself. Men / Women who want to see the men of today and the future be the Husbands, Dad and Leaders they were always meant to be.

To volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form. Once you have submitted an article, devotional (or both if your interested), if you want your name on the article, we will run a background check. Why do we run a background check? You can read about that here. If the article can be listed as “Uncommen writer” then we don’t have to run a background check.

Specs to help you

Focus: We are a Men’s ministry. So you will need to have a scripture reference associated with your article.

Timeline: We are looking for your article(s) as we are building content. All articles submitted will be read over, edited and scheduled to go out as needed.

Topics:  The article needs to be focused on being a “Husband” or “Dad” in today’s culture. We are not in need of Leader content but if you have ideas around topics, please reach out (tj@uncommen.org)

Quantity of articles: You can write as many as you want. If you write 4 or more, we will send you an Uncommen T-shirt.

Length: The article needs to be about 650 words.

Included: Each article needs to have a scripture reference, at least 2 questions and one challenge at the end of the article.

Approval: As much as we appreciate your submission, we do reserve the right to not use your content if we feel it does not fit our audience.

Usage: When you submit your article, you give Uncommen full rights to use your article for future devotionals at no payment to the author. We do provide full credit to you as an author if asked and a link to your website / email as directed.

Background Check: We have two options

Option 1: If you write anonymously, we don’t have to do a background check

Option 2: If you want us to credit your article, we will need to run a background check. We will only do that once you have written a minimum of four articles. We pay for the background check and we never see any of the details, so there are no worries there. Click here to learn about why there is a background check.

How to submit article(s): You would submit your articles via our website here.

Example story below

Take them on a Summer Adventure
Proverbs 22:6 “Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life.”

Ahhh the magic of summer. Warmer temps. School is out. Lots of burgers on the grill. And if your schedule allows, some outdoor summer adventure with your family. One of my favorite parts of the summer schedule with school being out is that the kids are often looking for something to do and more excited about the idea when you offer it up. I’ve got a bit of a Clark Griswold-like obsession with creating memories for my family, and look forward to being able to reminisce about those memories we shared together. I’ve got young kids myself so I’m in those prime memory making years where my kids actually still think (somewhat) I’m cool. But I know the clock is ticking there.

I encourage all the dads to be Uncommen and initiate some of these experiences for your kids this summer.

1. Hit the beach — There is something magical about a trip to the beach. Seeing your kids experience the sand and the waves for the first time is a sight to behold. There really is a little bit of everything at the beach for kids of all ages, and it might just be what your family needs. Things to expect: you may be hauling a crap-load of stuff out onto the beach, but you may just be creating memories your kids will never forget.

2. Take a Boat Ride — it seems like kids (and adults) love being on the water. It’s a great way to stay active, look for fish, go for a swim, and paddle together. Many larger lakes have places to rent pontoon boats or canoes for a reasonable cost. We did his last summer for our 4-year-old and he loved learning how to fish and still talks about it to this day. We plan to do it again this year.

3. Go Camping — I’ll be honest. I love to camp. And I love my family. But with young kids, this can be a tougher sell. But there is something about a campfire and being in a tent that my kids just love (even if we don’t sleep very well). To keep it simple: sometimes we will put a tent out in the backyard and sleep out there for a simple adventure. I can honestly say those times are when I have the best talks with my son.

4. Water Balloon Fights — This is a great one, and best if taken by surprise. It’s a great after dinner idea, or even after your kids help with summer chores in the backyard when it’s hot outside. It’s important for your kids to see you being silly and fun, and play at their level from time to time. Better yet, use Bunch o Balloons or something similar so you don’t waste hours filling out balloons.

5. Take Me Out the Ball Game — Baseball and summer are tied together. I was never a great baseball player, but I have some great memories of my dad taking me out to the ballgame. There is something great about live sports viewed together. Sometimes minor league parks are even better as the tickets are less expensive, and you can often sit a lot closer to the action. If budget allows, maybe make a pilgrimage to a stadium that’s a little further away and make a road trip of it to extend your time together and explore a new city.

6. Take a Roller Coaster Ride — It doesn’t have to be Disney World (although it;s tough to beat Disney with young kids). If you live near any amusement park, the kids will never stop thanking you for this one. There is nothing better than experiencing the zooming, twisting and adrenaline rush of the roller coaster for the first time.   

UNCOMMEN CHALLENGE: Take initiative to plan a summer adventure (don’t leave it all to mom). Either choose one of the above or do one you come up with.  

Question 1: When was the last you did something with your children just for the sake of doing it?

Question 2: What do you think they got out of that? What did you get out of that?

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