Archives For Communication

Wondering why your volunteers aren’t quite doing what you need them to do?  Do they arrive late or unprepared?  The issue may not be a lack of enthusiasm or commitment – it may just be that they don’t really know what you need. Better communication just might be the key to unlocking your volunteers’ potential.

Key #1: Communicate early

Don’t wait until the day before an event to ask someone to help.  Make the request at least two weeks before you need them to do anything – including attending a volunteer training session or meeting.

Key #2: Communicate often

You don’t need to bombard volunteers with emails and text messages every day.  However, you do need to keep them informed and up-to-date.

A weekly email with special announcements, changes in your organization, or details on the next volunteer opportunity would be a great place to start.

Key #3: Consider your audience

It’s easy to make assumptions, skim over details, and forget that we have a diverse audience.  Some of your volunteers have been around for years and “get” what you’re saying.  However, the newer folks may be mystified and wonder what you’re talking about.  Don’t use acronyms or…

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Social Media ConversationMost people know by now that social media is more than just a soapbox where we get to share all of our brilliant ideas, more than just a megaphone we get to use to project our thoughts onto the world. Social media is most effective, and most rewarding, when used as a two-way conversation. But I often get the question, how do I do that? It’s a good question, so I thought I’d share my answer.

Here are a few simple tactics I use to make sure I’m using social media to start a conversation:

First, I ask questions.

Generally, I end my blog post with a question designed to engage readers in what I’ve just written. Sometimes readers will leave comments that have nothing to do with the questions I’ve asked, and that’s great too, but asking a question gets people thinking and sends the message loud and clear: this is not a one way street! I want to hear from you.

Questions don’t just have to be limited to blog posts, either. I often ask questions on Twitter and Facebook, and of course I like the take the time to engage…

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Vision+44One of your most important roles as a pastor is as vision caster. Sharing the vision of your church can’t be a one-time event.

The Bible says, “If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves.” (Proverbs 29:18, MSG)

As the leader, God has called you to help your congregation see what God is doing in your midst.

That’s why you must continually put the vision of your church before your congregation—at least every 26 days. That’s the Nehemiah Principle.

In Nehemiah’s story of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, halfway through the project people got discouraged and wanted to give up. Like many churches, they lost their sense of purpose and, as a result, became overwhelmed with fatigue, frustration and fear.  Nehemiah rallied the people back to work by reorganizing the project and recasting the vision.  He reminded them of the importance of their work and reassured them that God would help them fulfill his purpose (Neh. 4:6-15).

Although the wall took only 52 days to complete, the people became discouraged at the halfway point: just 26 days into the project! Nehemiah had to renew their vision.

You’ve got to…

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RelevantEveryone is talking about relevance lately, and when it comes to the church, it’s a conversation we need to have.

The world is changing faster than it ever has before, and without sacrificing the Truth of the Gospel, the church needs to change with it. The good news is that there are things pastors and churches can do to make sure they don’t miss opportunities to minister to people in the midst of a changing culture.

Here are five things pastors and churches should know.

1. Church Networks Are Your Friend

A pastor friend of mine named Rob Ketterling is the master of using church networks to add value to himself and his community. He is a part of several different church networks and doesn’t see these commitments as a distraction from what he is doing but as an integral part of his role as a pastor.

His involvement in networks outside of his own church community helps keep his mind sharp and gives him eyes to see the change that is happening in the full scope of the Kingdom. It helps him bring fresh vision and ideas back to his community.

2. Social Media

This point is so important…

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Communicate Every SundayRecently Tim Peters published a post entitled ’5 Things Every Church Should Communicate Every Sunday’.  He received tons of positive comments and hundreds of Tweets and Facebook Likes.  He decided to produce an extended version of the post in a eBook format, and he added two additional ‘things’ every church should communicate every Sunday.

You will definitely enjoy this eBook and the material will be easy for you to pass along to other church leaders and volunteers.

Download from the Source

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BELLINGHAM, WA – ORA NET LLC announces its new initiative introducing a disruptive technology to promote the oldest form of recognized religious expression in the Christian and Jewish faiths–prayer. The ORA system creates a personal mobile experience for the individual and an enterprise-quality community management platform for any organization to invite, connect, share, respond and interact with one another in intercessory prayer.

“That’s a lot of words to describe it, but ORA’s technology gives us the ability to do so much more to leverage existing social networks and mobile devices to connect individuals in the most meaningful relationship they can have with others and with God,” said Jeff Bone, Chief Marketing Officer for ORA.

The Bellingham, WA, company has introduced what many are calling one of the most revolutionary developments for the faith community to be released in decades.

“ORA collects, organizes, tracks, reminds, connects and securely shares prayer requests and answers with anyone you choose. ORA does this at a personal and intimate level with your friends and family through the mobile platform or ‘app’ on your smartphone. And ORA does this…

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easter2For many people in your community, Easter is the only day of the year they’ll show up at church. It’s a great opportunity to reach out to those who don’t think about church the other 364 days of the year.

You’ll want to reach out to your visitors and thank them for coming. Depending upon the size and culture of your church, you may make a personal visit, call them or write them a letter (whether through the mail or via e-mail) — or very possibly do all three.

In fact, if you visit them or call them, sending them a follow-up letter is an appropriate next step. It’ll allow you to give them some more details about your church and guard against the possibility that you’ll forget something important.

Here are few thoughts to remember when writing to church visitors — at Easter or any other time of the year.

Use a warm, personal style. That means write how you talk not how you wrote your seminary papers.

Communicate love and care. People don’t handle rejection well. They want to know that you want them to return to your church no matter…

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By Mark Coppenger

biblestudyleaderIt’s fun to study surnames, or last names, as distinguished from Christian names, or first names. Back in history, when things got crowded, they had to add second names to sort out all the people named “John” or “James” or “Mary” or “Ruth.” So they turned to four contextual features — location (as in Lois “Hill”); parentage (as in James “Williamson”); physical characteristic (as in John “Armstrong”); and occupation (as in Mary “Miller”).

The same names occur today in many languages in the West. For instance, “son (or ‘kin’) of John” turns up as Jansen and Jensen in Scandinavia, Johnson and Jenkins in England, Owens and Evans in Wales, Ionescu in Romania, and Ivanovich in Russia. And the occupation of metalworker shows up as Smith in England, Kowalski in Poland, and Ferrara in Italy. (And yes, it’s fortunate the Ferrari was made in Italy, for who wants to drive a car called a Smith?)

Furthermore, names often come in groups. In England, a “leigh” was a clearing or meadow, so when a person was associated with a stony meadow, he became Stoneleigh, which morphed into the more common…

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Hear from players during Super Bowl 47 Media Day – how they use the Bible App and what connecting with God’s Word means to them.

Special thanks to 1615.tv.

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Social MediaLet’s go back a few years to when you first started noticing the potential social media could have (circa 2006) . . . back to the days when the idea of creating a community of friends in a digital world excited you. Remember the days you actually had to ask if a person was on Facebook?

Social media not only connected us with old high school friends and new acquaintances, but also with people around the world who shared our same interests. Sites like Facebook Causes drew people together, enabling us to bond over something greater than ourselves. It was a new collaborative technology to help us impact the world. And it was awesome.

Since then, there’s been a shift in the fundamental thinking about social media. As more people join the movement, it becomes less about social interaction and more about persona building. If we’re honest, the chance to become a social media rock star has captivated our focus and intentions. It’s more about the “me” than about the “we.” Unfortunately, the Church community is not immune.

The problem is that we’ve created a whole new standard for social behavior that is…

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Effective CommunicationCommunication can make or break an organization. Effective communication can help organizations solve problems and accomplish their goals. Poor communication can cripple organizations, creating even more problems and preventing them from focusing on the goals they’ve set.

There are several factors that make communicating difficult. From my conversations with leaders both young and old, the primary reason communication seems to break down in organizations today is the generational divide. Young people and older people communicate in very different ways from very different perspectives.

A few days ago, I discovered this thought by Jessamyn West:

“There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.”

Thankfully, these difficulties aren’t insurmountable! I found two resources that can help.

A resource for younger leaders:

Whether you’re a Millennial struggling to connect with the Baby Boomers on your team or a leader from Generation Y struggling to communicate with your Gen X cohort, communication is key. This presentation outlines the communication preferences of the different generations and…

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