Before you read this post you have to recognize two things:
- I am not an expert in communication
- This post won’t solve your communication problems
This post comes out of my recognition in my own ministry that I need to improve my communication. I try to deal with all emails within 24hrs. I send out weekly emails in order to keep students and their families updated on what is happening in our ministry. Monthly I send out a Parent Newsletter, which I base on and edited Parent Update from right here at DYM. And additionally I make phone calls, text, Facebook and talk to people in person.
I like to think generally my communication within my ministry is decent (though I am always looking to improve it) but there is a line which has not been taken care of often enough. The line that connects our ministry and the broader church. Now the congregation does get information during service, online and through me talking personally to individuals. However, I realized that I don’t often enough share the ups and downs of what is going on within our ministry.
Now Ups are easy to share: Johnny excepted Christ, Louise has committed to and succeeded reading her Bible everyday for a month. But the downs; oh the downs; they are hard to share. Here is something we need prayer for because it isn’t working, or I need help in this area.
But as a ministry within the church context I also have to recognize that it is about far more than the ministry I am involved in. I need to communicate to gain greater support and more help. If no one knows what to pray for, how are they supposed to pray.
I am starting to realize and definitely believe that in order for the ministry I lead to be more successful, I need to bring it forward to the church body more often.
What ways do you keep the lines of communication open and working?
Kyle Corbin has been serving youth as a volunteer or pastor for over 10 years and blogs exclusively here on LoveGodLoveStudents.com. He is currently the youth pastor at the Bridge Church in North Vancouver B.C. Hit him up on Twitter @CorbinKyle