After a combined 15 years as an administrative assistant, communication manager, educator, communication specialist or communication consultant (or any other title sent my way), I’ve had time to reflect on what we’re doing wrong when it comes to effective communication. Since my 15 years as a professional have also been spent as a minister’s spouse, often working with or through churches, I’ve identified five mistakes churches make and ways to fix them.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.digitalclergy.com/5-communication-mistakes-your-church-is-probably-making-and-how-you-can-correct-them/
Ah, the days of typewriters, carbon copies, handwritten notes and little stress about whether everyone knew when the church picnic would be. Life for the church secretary wasn’t very complicated in the 1970s, I suspect, and neither was church communication.
At some point in the ’80s, someone thought technology was cheap enough that the church should invest in a new computer — maybe an IBM PC 5150. While the secretary likely didn’t have a computer at home, the adjustment from the word processor wasn’t terribly difficult. It required little extra training and used almost identical standards that were taught in secretary’s school.
A few years later, a hand-me-down printer was provided. Eventually a salesman entered the door with a great offer on leasing a copy machine. The church decided it should start printing out its own newsletter in-house, and modern church communication was born. Only, the rest of the world has since moved on, and “modern” church communication is no longer working.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.digitalclergy.com/is-your-church-sinking-in-a-communication-storm/
Permanent link to this article: http://www.digitalclergy.com/a-conversation-with-socialmedia-church/