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Center For Church Communication
This organization provides coaching and mentoring for congregations to use communication as an evangelism tool.
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10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
This light-hearted TedTalk is an important reminder of the skills required to have a meaningful, quality conversation with others.
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How to Have Helpful Conversations About Race in the Church: An Anti-Racism Resource
This 11-page guide offers a process and tools to engage in important conversations regarding race.
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Less Chaos. Less Noise: Effective Communications for an Effective Church
Written by a communications expert, this book sharpens congregational practices to better spread messages and achieve communication goals.
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Notes on Communication: Strategies for Addressing Conflict in Congregations
This article discusses the role that miscommunication plays in congregational conflict and offers an intervention process for reducing conflict and enhancing communication.
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Pro Church Tools
This hub for digital media provides training, tutorials, free templates and tools for congregations.
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The Front Porch
This website convenes conversations about theology and biblical faithfulness in African American churches.
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The Power and Promise of a Communications Audit
This article presents a simple, ten-step framework to guide congregations through an annual communications strategy audit.

About the Contributor

Contributor
Matt Burke
Matt Burke is the director of the Northeast Center for Congregations in Fort Wayne and serves as the Center’s Education Director statewide. Matt has a background in classroom, digital and experiential education. He is passionate about using education to develop deeper faith in congregational participants.

Communication In Church Leadership

Today, it may possibly be seen as more important than ever for people to be able to make sure that they can communicate properly. Because there are numerous types of ways in which people communicate today, it can be easy for important information to get lost in translation. And naturally, this can include the congregation. When it comes to church leadership, it can be a good idea for everyone involved to consider taking steps that can help ensure that they are communicating regularly and properly. There are numerous challenges that church leadership members may find themselves facing today, in terms of communication. There are plenty of valuable resources available out there to enable religious leaders to take a closer look at communication in church leadership.

When looking into communication challenges, there are a few examples which may immediately rise to the surface. First, there might be a generational gap that exists between older younger members of the leadership team. For instance, older members of church leadership might not be comfortable with communication that is not taking place over the phone, or face-to-face. Perhaps unfortunately, members of the congregation and younger group leaders might use things such as text messages, email, social media, and other forms of communication, which could potentially alienate older members. Therefore, it can be good for everyone to come together and try to bridge the gap in order to address this challenge.

Another challenge that many people can face when it comes to communication and churches is that a lot of congregations now have multiple branches. In the past, the entire congregation might have been located under a single roof - but now, many religious groups can have multiple locations scattered across the community. In order for everyone to remain on the same page, then, it might be a good idea for all of these branches to communicate with each other regularly. This can represent another major challenge that many people might face, when it comes to church communication.

Fortunately, however, there are many resources that are available out there for church communication approaches. In addition to advanced communication tools involving technology, there are other ways that members of religious leadership can communicate with each other. This could include things such as hard calendars, Post-it notes, and even old-fashioned letters. It might be good to look into taking a well-rounded approach, in regards to communication.

Church Communication

When considering church communication, it may be helpful to understand why this topic can be important not only for members of religious leadership, but also for members of the congregation. The role of communication in church is perhaps one which cannot be overstated. Particularly when members of the congregation are trying to communicate abstract concepts from religious texts that involve events that took place thousands of years ago, it can be important to be able to communicate these things properly. This is where ministry can come into play. The potential helpfulness of communication in ministry is that this is what members of the congregation might look to, when it comes to considering how they are going to establish relationships with others, raise their children, spend time with family members, and conduct themselves in society. As a result, communication can very well prove to be incredibly important.

Effective communication can also be a key element in church management. Many members of religious leadership staff are likely going to be delegating a lot of what they have to do during the course of the day to other individuals. In order for these tasks to be accomplished properly, communication may have to be handled in an appropriate manner. If there is any room for someone to misinterpret what someone in the congregation wanted them to do, then it might be possible that the task will not be completed properly. Therefore, effective communication in church management can be seen as critical in ensuring a congregation’s success.

Finally, it can also be helpful to understand that communication might be better when handled cohesively across all branches. For example, one member of the church management team might tell the congregation one thing; however, if someone else in the group is saying something different, then it can be easy to see how members of the congregation might be confused. Therefore, it might be a good idea for members of the religious leadership team to come together and discuss how they are going to handle communication. It can be good to look at communication in the church as a strategy that has to be handled appropriately. Otherwise, the congregation may have difficulty in achieving consistent results.

Church Communication Best Practices

Because of the importance of communication in the church, it may also be a good idea to review a few of the best practices that all religious organizations and houses of worship might consider following. First, when looking at church communication best practices, it can be helpful for religious organizations to make sure that they are on the same page. For instance, if one member of the church is saying one thing, and another member of the church leadership team is saying something else, then this may make it difficult for the congregation to understand what they are going to do. Therefore, it can be a worthy goal to try and get members of the group all on the same page.

Second, it might be a good idea to invest in the best church communication system possible. When looking at communication within the church, it may be good to make sure that everyone in attendance is able to hear what is going on during a sermon. For example, this may involve investing in a surround sound system, a strong microphone, a projector, and numerous other amplifying devices. It might also be helpful to take a look at how the congregation is laid out, in order to make sure that everyone is able to hear what is going on effectively.

Finally, it might also be helpful to take a look at how the group is going to be able to get its message out to the community. For instance, is the congregation going to have a social media platform? Does the congregation want to invest in an email server? These are some of the top ways in which the group may be able to amplify its message and use technology as a megaphone to communicate with the rest of the community as a whole. It can be good for all religious organizations to consider this as a possibility.

Church Communication Tools

When it comes to church communication tools, it can be good to think about effective communication in ministry, as well as effective communication and the church. First, it might be helpful to take a closer look at how these tools can help congregations to communicate effectively within their four walls.

When running a house of worship, there can be a chance that the congregation is going to grow over time. In that case, it can be helpful to make sure that everyone is able to hear what the religious leaders are saying, when they show up for their sermons. Therefore, it might be a good idea to invest in an advanced audio system that can help people hear, even when they are sitting in the back. For example, it could be good to consider putting up TV screens in the back that are part of a closed-circuit TV system. Or, it may be helpful to think about installing surround sound systems. At the very least, it can be good to make sure to have a microphone at the front, so that everyone is able to hear the sermon. Otherwise, the congregation may not be able to understand the message.

Then, it may also be good to take a look at some of the tools that can be used to improve the ability of the church or religious organization to minister throughout the community. For instance, if the congregation would like to reach people out in the community, then it may be a good idea to take advantage of advanced technology resources. For example, using text messages to communicate with people as they go throughout their day might be a helpful form of reaching out. Or, it could be a good idea to consider using email to help improve community outreach. Furthermore, many religious organizations can often even be found on social media, and it can be a great idea for a religious organization to consider setting up a social media profile for themselves. This can make it easier for people to get in touch with the congregation, ask questions, and take advantage of their resources.

Communication Problems In Churches

Ultimately, it may prove to be a good idea to address a few communication problems which may exist throughout congregations. When it comes to communication problems in churches, there may be a few communication barriers that exist within the congregation which need to be addressed. The architecture of religious buildings can sometimes be one of the biggest barriers to communication. For instance, someone might be seated in the back of the congregation, behind a column, and they might not be able to hear what is going on at the front. It can be good to take steps in order to make sure that there are television screens and speakers that can help people at the back hear what is going on at the front.

It might also be good to highlight the fact that a lot of congregations are not comfortable in using social media. Because they can oftentime tend to focus on what’s going on inside their four walls, they might not be adept at using social media to communicate with members of the congregation. Fortunately, though, this is something that may be relatively easy to address, as well. Religious organizations might consider hiring a technology professional to help them manage their social media platforms, who may be able to help grow the congregation exponentially if they are able to do so effectively.

Ultimately, healthy church communication is likely going to come in many shapes and forms, and it can be good to consider the importance of not only communicating with members of the religious leadership team, but also communicating with members of the congregation. Particularly for religious groups that have more than one branch, it can be good to communicate with the leaders of each branch on a regular basis. That way, every member of the leadership team can be on the same page, which can go a long way toward helping the group not only recruit the right leaders, but also communicate effectively with the members of their congregation.

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