What Church Leaders Should Know About Effective Communication

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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 has some extremely helpful insights for effective inter-generational communication.

A resource for older leaders:

Fast Company introduced me to an interesting video for leaders looking to attract a younger demographic. The video explains the worst mistake older leaders make when it comes to communicating with a younger people and how to overcome those challenges.

I’d go as far to say that our churches’ potential for accomplishing our mission is directly tied to our ability as leaders to effectively communicate our thoughts and ideas. Between these two resources, you should have a comprehensive guide to start communicating effectively with older and younger leaders on your team.

What is most challenging about communication between generations? What leaders or churches have overcome these differences to communicate effectively?


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About Justin Lathrop

With over a dozen years of local church ministry Justin has spent the last several years starting business' and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance the Kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv all while staying involved in the local church.

Justin is obsessed with connecting people to people and lives his life daily to make the world a smaller place. He now serves as a consultant in the area of strategic relations predominately working with the Assemblies of God, helping to build bridges with people and ministries to more effectively reach more people.

He blogs regularly about what he has learned from making connection at www.justinlathrop.com.


  • http://www.facebook.com/raulito.ramirez.90 Raulito Ramirez

    QUE IMPORTANTE TEMA DE COMUNICACION ,GRACIAS POR ESTOS CONSEJOS PRACTICOS, 1° DE CORINTIOS 14:7-11 ESTOS VERSICULOS CONFIRMAN ESTE HERMOSO TEMA

  • http://humanwebsite.com.my/ Kent

    The conclusion is, we don’t understand different generation, that’s why we do not know how to communicate. In communicating, first we need to put other people first and understand them. I think we should read Dale Carnegie’s book – How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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