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The critical gap derailing church communications

The critical gap derailing church communications

When I say it out loud, it just doesn’t feel right. But, I do turn 50 next month, so the math checks out. “I’ve been in the professional communication arena for thirty years.” There. I’ve said it. And, it’s so weird. It doesn’t feel like that long. It feels like I’m at the starting line. I think that’s because communications is basically a lifelong work study program; it just never gets old.

And, after three decades at this, I can share the one common, critical gap I see derail effective communications every time. In every arena. In every business. In every not-for-profit. And, most prominently, in every church.

The pressure of clarity

The pressure of clarity

As a church, communications AND clarity advocate, a lot of people have come to me asking what I think about churchclarity.com (a new web site attempting to pressure pastors and churches to disclose their positions on LGBT issues). I've had so many inquiries, in fact, I thought it would be helpful to share a personal reflection here. 

So you've hired a Communications Director, now what? Watch for these three landmines.

So you've hired a Communications Director, now what? Watch for these three landmines.

I work with churches every week desperate to fill or "fix" a communications role with someone who has the passion and skill set to help with their communications activity. Unfortunately, many candidates who take on that communications role aren't equipped to succeed once they’re in it. Here are three common landmines I've seen sabotage best laid plans and promising new hires:

Four ways to keep your sanity and be productive when your boss is not consistent

Four ways to keep your sanity and be productive when your boss is not consistent

What do you do when top level leadership communication strategies are inconsistent with the new strategy that was actually approved by the same top level leadership which continues to result in more confusion?