My husband is one of the greatest communicators I have ever known. That man can preach, and has a way of telling stories from the bible like I have never heard before. He can paint a beautiful visualization of the beauty of Jesus while He preaches, just ask anyone who has ever listened to him. Unfortunately, this isn't the communication I am writing to you about. The communication that is key in church planting/pastoring a church, is the communication between you and your team/staff, and you and the congregation. Communication is key throughout the entire organization.
In leading a church, non profit if will, you have to have some administrating. Part of the administrative role is communication with the staff/team. Communication in informing them of what is going on. Your staff does not want to hear for the first time the church news on Sunday mornings with the congregation, nor do they want to hear your plans weeks later. The congregation does not need church news only on Sundays. Unfortunately, this was a regularity at the church we lead. Our gifts weren't administration, and in result of lack of communication, we didn't set up administration in our church either.
Communication needs to be consistent and organized. You can't over communicate what the church is doing, or the plans you have. People need to hear what is going on consistently. It is when you get tired of saying it, that the congregation if finally getting it. As pastors' we are always thinking ministry. Ideas we have, usually have been churning for long periods of time. The congregation and some staff however, have other jobs. They are not constantly thinking about the ministry, and church. We have to make an effort to communicate well, or strategically place someone in the administrative role to communicate to our team, and the congregation.
If you want people bought in, excited, and "all in" among the church they have to be in the loop. They need to be communicated to on a regular basis. Emails, and Sunday morning news letters are not enough. You and your team need to be in communication, therefore communicating will trickle down throughout the week into small groups, into one on ones, into church gatherings, and so on. When people experience other people bought into an idea, then they can't help but want to be on board. People need to feel a part of the church. The people are who make up the church, so leaving them in the dark will separate them. The church cannot hold together separated. It will only thrive united together in the plans, vision, and mission it has been given and communicated.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor