What is the most effective way for a pastor to communicate with his church?

effective-communication The short answer to this question is: Whatever way you’re able to get through.

One of the new responsibilities of pastors, and anyone else in leadership, is not only to communicate with people but to figure out what means to use for that communication.

On February 4, 2004 a small social media company named “The Facebook” began and with that beginning came a revolution in pastoral communication. Today that “small” company is worth over 60 Billion Dollars. The reason for it’s unprecedented growth is that people are using it!

People have more means of communicating today than at any time in history. This can present a particular problem for pastors who are trying to communicate with these people to find out how they can pray for them, to set up a lunch appointment or just to chat. The problem is that if we only use one means of communication (i.e. the telephone) there are a lot of people who we will never be able to communicate with. That’s why it is the pastors / leaders responsibility to figure out what means of communication each individual person prefers and then to utilize that means in order to get their message across.

Of course it would be impossible for a pastor to master every available means of communication in the modern world, but here are the top 5 ways that I communicate with people in my congregation…other than face to face: 1) E-Mail, 2) Text Message, 3) Phone…like actually talking into a telephone :-), 4) Facebook, 5) Hand written notes. This last one may be a surprise to you, but I have found that there are few means of communication that express heartfelt care and affection for the recipient like hand written notes.

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August 04 2014 05:00 am | Blog and Digital Pastor and Pastorals

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