With the start of this new year, of course came a new Bible reading plan. This year I joined a plan with about 300 others through a FaceBook closed discussion group, and it has been great having people in the same part of scripture with you, as well as hearing their take on the day’s […]
If difficult conversations were considered an art, it would be safe to say that I started out as a paint-by-number kind of guy. However, thanks to the influence of Sheila Heen and trial and error, I am becoming a better artist of difficult conversations. When it comes to difficult conversations, many of us are stuck […]
The book, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists is for use in a formal education setting, or for lay and clergy leaders in a church setting. Mark Teasdale writes with the goal of approaching evangelism authentically. This means that the author leaves room for people of differing theologies in different places in their faith journey to engage with […]
As a way to continue developing as a pastor, I try to read at least one book a year on the topic of preaching. A recent book that caught my eye in light of the Gospel Alliance’s values was Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear Our Sermons by Matthew D. Kim. In […]
Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders build in vain.” Those are wise words to remember whether you’re building a church, a home, a relationship, or a life. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget. In a church, the tendency is to focus on human effort and wisdom, or the vision of a […]
A few weeks ago some partners in ministry and I flew to Denver for a quick Advisory Board meeting for the Gospel Alliance. While there, we were able to meet with 15 other RCA leaders who are also on the team to plan, pray, worship, and dream about the future of the Gospel Alliance. Our […]
Which of the two did what his father wanted? Matthew 21:31 (NIV) During our trip to the Gospel Alliance Conference at Faith Church in Dyer, Indiana last fall, a number of our group that had traveled from Pella enjoyed some time in the hotel’s lobby sharing stories and laughs. At one point, the conversation turned […]
Matthew 5: 1-9 5 1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of […]
I did not grow up in a Reformed denomination, nor did I come to faith or begin my path to ministry in one. Much of my early experience in faith and ministry was in what one of my college professors called “Baptistic” traditions; that is, Baptist churches, congregationally-driven churches like the Evangelical Free Church, or […]
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 This has been one of my favorite verses because it reminds me to evaluate the words of my mouth and the things on my heart, that they may honor […]
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
This has been one of my favorite verses because it reminds me to evaluate the words of my mouth and the things on my heart, that they may honor and glorify God. In our churches, we should be evaluating our words, images and communication mediums – do they honor God and give Him glory?”
Communication is a critical part of church life. From the internal communications among staff members, to the communication within the church family, to the communication to those outside of your church. How is your church doing in each with these three areas? Communication implies a back and forth dialogue not just a one-sided stream on information.
How does your staff communicate with one another? Most staff members communicate through email and staff meetings. Our church, Faith Church, has found our most productive meetings have an agenda, to keep us on track and to make the most of the time we have together. It’s important for us to set the stage in advance of the meeting to let attendees know if the meeting will be informational, discussional or focused on decision making. As a multi-site church we have also learned emailing does not work to have quick communication, so last year we starting using Slack, which is basically a messaging app on steroids. It’s meant for teams and workplaces, can be used across multiple devices and platforms, and is equipped with robust features that allow you to not only chat one-on-one with associates but also in groups. You’re able to upload and share files with them too as well as integrate with other apps and services. It has been a great tool for us and really helped improve staff communication.
Church Body Communication
How does your church communicate with its members and attenders? Each person in a congregation is going to prefer a different method of communication. It is important to provide multiple options for people to receive messages. Some of the communication tools we use are:
- Social Media (Facebook and Instagram)
- Weekends (Programs, Verbal Announcements, Pre-Service and Atrium Slides)
- All Church Emails (we email through our church database and through MailChimp)
- Texting (we are launching this at our church next month and will be using Flocknote)
- Bathroom Stall Signs
- Posters for Events
The difficult part about having multiple options is the greater need to be organized with what is being promoted and where it is being promoted. Our Communications Team utilizes a Graphics and Video request form, designed through Google Forms, to keep track of promotion requests and a Communication Timeline to indicate when an event or activity will be promoted at any of our six campuses. (Please contact me if you want to use either of our forms).
How does your church communicate with its community? We have tried billboards, ValPack ads and even Faith Church logo bumper stickers. We have found the best way to communicate with the community is through our own church members and attenders. We hope our church is “talkable” and even more importantly that Jesus is “talkable”. Jesus chose us, loves us and gave His life for us. We can’t keep this to ourselves, we need to share it.
How do your members/attenders communicate about your church with their family, friends and neighbors? Do you give them tools to help with invitations to services and events? A very effective invitation tool we recently used was a sticker invite for our Christmas Services. We encouraged our people to put the sticker on a plate of treats, on the back of their Christmas card envelope, on a receipt at a restaurant and many other ideas. This was a huge hit with our people. You can see our video announcement about the invitation stickers here.
As churches, we have the best news to share – let’s do this to the best of our ability. Can you share an effective tool you’ve found that helps increase engagement & communication amongst staff or two way communication with your congregation?