communication

As a senior pastor of a large church it’s hard to grow yourself in your position without feedback.  That’s why many years ago I started conducting an annual Senior Pastor review.  Based on my job description to lead the church, feed the body and weed out anything that distracts us from our mission, I created a template of simple open-ended questions and asked my deacons to fill them out anonymously.  They were collected and compiled by my chairman of the deacons and then given to me.  Over time I extended the review to all leaders. Like anyone, I quickly skipped over anything positive and nice and went straight for the negative or critical comments.  After spending a few days chewing on them and fighting back self-justification, I finally came down to a succinct list of needed changes, improvements or emphases.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Over the last 14 years of doing this job, one common complaint I’ve heard over and over, is that the church does a poor job of communicating.  So it was certainly no surprise when I saw this theme again this year.  Communication is key for a leader.  People simply cannot follow what we do not adequately share.  Someone once said, “People are down on whatever they’re not up on,” and I’ve found that to be true.

So, after resisting the world of blogging for the past 14 years, I finally decided to give it a try.  My hope is that by making a commitment to regularly share what’s brewing in our church, bubbling in my mind and burning in my heart, our people will experience greater clarity on what’s happening and connect to where our church is heading.

Oh, and one more lesson.  I’ve also learned that communication is a TWO WAY commitment.  I can’t count the number of times we as a church have attempted to promote an event by sending out letters, emails, phone trees, and postcards; put it in the bulletin for weeks, made multiple announcements, and blasted social media only to have someone comment, “Why didn’t anyone tell me about it!”

So here’s the deal.  I’ll commit to write it, but you have to commit to read it.  Get it….Good!

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37 Comments
  • Morgan Hazel
    Posted at 15:51h, 16 September Reply

    Yea! Great way to increase communication!!

    Morgan

  • Angel Adams
    Posted at 16:02h, 16 September Reply

    Got it! I look forward to reading your blog posts!

  • Suzanne Kyger
    Posted at 16:03h, 16 September Reply

    100% true! Communication is super crucial, and you are very good at it so I’m looking forward to your blog! Thanks for taking the time!!

    • Terri Massey
      Posted at 16:20h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you Pastor Brian. We appreciate all the avenues of communication. There are so many options these days that people can use and I know it is time-consuming to try and have a presence in them all.

  • Liza Hastings
    Posted at 16:14h, 16 September Reply

    Looking forward to reading it! 🙂

  • Michelle Hicks
    Posted at 16:18h, 16 September Reply

    GOT IT! What a great idea! Looking forward to reading your post and having the opportunity to “chime in”! Thanks Pastor B!

  • Jay Scott
    Posted at 16:30h, 16 September Reply

    Tell pastor Adam he did a great job and I am looking forward to reading your blog!

  • Karen
    Posted at 16:37h, 16 September Reply

    Thanks for doing this. In addition to church-wide communication, I hope you will also pass along more of your wisdom. You have a lot of it!

  • Alice Peterson
    Posted at 16:55h, 16 September Reply

    Got it ! 🙂 thanks for keeping us up to speed

  • Amy McClintock
    Posted at 17:09h, 16 September Reply

    Got it! Thanks for doing this. I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

  • Tony Nichols
    Posted at 17:34h, 16 September Reply

    Great Idea! Assuming you want it to happen, by posting a link on the ORBC Facebook page we each can share it on our individual pages and reach thousands of people fairly quick. Just a thought.

    • Brian Moss
      Posted at 17:43h, 16 September Reply

      Excellent thought and yes, I already installed those features. I just did installed them AFTER I created the first post. 🙂

  • Matt Rounsley
    Posted at 18:37h, 16 September Reply

    As everyone heard when Adam spoke yesterday, when you have an opportunity to witness to someone take advantage of the situation. Today spoke with someone who had the opportunity speake with someone over the phone. Simple step, but this resulted is another person coming to Christ. If you are nervous about witnessing, “pray about it.’

  • Brandy Eby
    Posted at 18:53h, 16 September Reply

    Great idea:)

  • Kelly Brinkley
    Posted at 19:01h, 16 September Reply

    What a great way to communicate with “the family”! We all have the same Father.

  • Tom Wynn
    Posted at 19:09h, 16 September Reply

    This works great from a PC buit I get an error when I try it from my iPad. Blessings.

    • Brian Moss
      Posted at 20:57h, 16 September Reply

      Oh no. What kind of error? The blog itself should be perfectly readable on all platforms and devices.

  • Doug DeWitt
    Posted at 19:38h, 16 September Reply

    Got it! This should be a great tool for everyone! Bravo!! Looking forward to your future posts!

  • Joanie Laird
    Posted at 20:04h, 16 September Reply

    This is such an awesome idea! I look forward to reading!!

  • Pat M. Robinson
    Posted at 20:17h, 16 September Reply

    Thank you Pastor Brian, I will read it.

  • Stacie Siers
    Posted at 20:57h, 16 September Reply

    Like you I have avoided the whole blog thing, but as someone who is the leader of a program and often receives the same comments/criticisms about communication that you do…I will be watching closely. Nothing like a good steal!

  • Peggy Stanford
    Posted at 21:51h, 16 September Reply

    Got it! Looking forward to reading it.

  • Colleen Gifford
    Posted at 22:01h, 16 September Reply

    Sounds like a really cool idea… I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes! Got it!!

  • Shane McDade
    Posted at 22:36h, 16 September Reply

    What a great first blog post. I like the format and look forward to the next one already.

  • Sarah Peterson
    Posted at 02:25h, 17 September Reply

    “Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” Quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    May this ministry be blessed and encouraging.Thanks Brian

    Communication leads to community!

  • Jan Bailey
    Posted at 10:11h, 17 September Reply

    Absolutely love it!!!

  • angie martin
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 September Reply

    Thank you so much for this. I will look forward to reading each one. I also appreciate the podcast, since work keeps me from being there the podcast are invaluable. 🙂

  • Eric & Kim Malin
    Posted at 23:31h, 17 September Reply

    This is great! We are looking forward to being “In the know”. Thanks for making the effort & going the extra mile!

  • Eric & Kim Malin
    Posted at 23:39h, 17 September Reply

    Love this. Now we really feel like we are “In the know”. Thank you for taking the time to do this & going the extra mile!!!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 01:05h, 18 September Reply

    This is such a great idea!

  • Annie Nichols
    Posted at 00:38h, 19 September Reply

    GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Most excellent idea!
    Good point about communication being a 2 way street:)

  • Juley Harper
    Posted at 04:19h, 19 September Reply

    Great job for a Blog Novice! I’m impressed! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!
    Juley

  • Colleen Gifford
    Posted at 21:22h, 19 September Reply

    So, I’m wondering about the BIG EVENT next month! I’m looking forward to the Anniversary party… is there anything that I can do to help??

    • Brian Moss
      Posted at 17:30h, 20 September Reply

      hmmm, this sounds like it needs a blog post! 🙂 You should be getting a postcard in the mail soon. What can you do to help? Bring 100 people with you! 🙂

      • Colleen Gifford
        Posted at 21:58h, 23 September Reply

        I’ll bring as many as I can!

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