Sunday, January 14, 2007

Communication Ability Matters

Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church recently posted on Communication Ability Matters. Granger was recently named as one of the top 25 most innovative churches in America by Outreach Magazine.

In his post Tim talked about the need for pastors to communicate at a greater level. Here is an excerpt:

I really wonder if...

* There are a lot of pastors who should give up teaching and focus on their strengths.
* There are a lot of pastors who need a group of honest friends around them to tell them when their message flops.
* There are a lot of pastors who should get some help in becoming a better communicator.
* There are a bunch of churches that would start growing if the pastor would stop preaching, focus on pastoring, and partner with another church who has an effective communicator. That's right--plug in a DVD on Sunday morning.
* There are churches who have better communicators sitting in their pews than standing behind their pulpit. And, if there are pastors who are humble enough to admit it and secure enough to do something about it?

Wow! Tough Love from Tim, but so true. I feel every Youth Pastor, Sr. Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Sunday School Teacher...any church communicator should step up and listen to advice like this. If not move on. Go sale cars. Something. The people you lead deserve a person who is going to give them the best and becoming a better communicator is something you can give them.

You can read Tim's post at -->> Communication Ability Matters <<-- I wrote to Tim and said the following:

Great post Tim. It is so very true.

It is tough love because there are some great loving and caring pastors but today's society especially those that are seekers do expect more. A great heart doesn't make a great communicator.

I wish every pastor would read books like "Communicating for a Change" by Andy Stanley and "The BIG IDEA – Focus the Message and Multiply the Impact" by Dave Ferguson.

If not then be happy that you never grow, quit wondering why, and by all means stop saying "God has given me just enough to care for and I just need to be faithful."


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