I’ve partnered with churches for more than 15 years, and I’ve learned a lot about what it takes for a church to disciple people well and make a difference in their community. Without a doubt, church communicators play a significant role in their church’s effectiveness.
As I’ve met with communications directors around the country, I’m consistently struck by how challenging their responsibilities are. Kelley Hartnett, a church communicator with whom I first became acquainted through my work with Morning Star Church near St. Louis, Mo., understands—first hand—how demanding the work can be. Her recently released book, You’ve Got This: A Pep Talk for Church Communicators, offers her tribe some much-needed encouragement and practical insight.
If you currently serve in a communications role in your organization, or if you manage people in those roles, you need to read this book. It’s hopeful and enlightening. You’ll soon realize that others like you share the frustrations the job brings, and you’ll get some insight into how to maintain some level of sanity when it seems you’ll never reach the bottom of your task list.
Seven Church Communicator Struggles
You’ve Got This is broken into seven sections, each dealing with a common church communicator struggle:
- Feeling ill-equipped for the tasks at hand
- Dealing with conflict
- Learning to say “no”
- Avoiding burnout
- Growing a team
- Battling perfectionism
- Feeding creativity
Kelley has a gifted way of keeping things in perspective. She is transparent and vulnerable. She is a cheerleader for those who are called to effectively communicate in ministry. You’ll be encouraged!
Get a free sample of You’ve Got This today. And for more church communication help, check out my free eBook, Generosity Speaks: Designing Communication to Impact Giving.