Android or iOS. macOS or Windows. IndieBound or Amazon. Latte or batch brew. We’re a generation riddled with a multitude of choices. It is so bad that our generation suffers from choice-fatigue. Because we take all of ourselves everywhere we go, this extends to our work. It even goes as far as our approach to our churches’ mission.
“Worship leaders” aren’t as ‘contemporary’ as some think they are. If you pay careful attention, particularly in the Old Testament, you’ll see that there are people who facilitated worship. The ‘priesthood of all believers’ doesn’t take away from that we all have different giftings. And one of those areas of gifting is music. Music is one of the ways of expressing worship. Many churches do this weekly. How we facilitate or lead in the time of worship can hinder or enable people from connecting with God.
Regardless of the size of your church you don’t have the luxury of debating when and why you should use church management system (ChMS) or software. If anything, this post is helping you clarify the why. I’ll also suggest some self-diagnostic questions. We’ll also explore what should / shouldn’t be happening in churches already using ChMS. So, churches already using ChMS should also find this useful.
I love the Church and I want it to thrive. As a result, I’m often occupied about how true to our identity we are as the Church. This means ongoing introspection, and, sometimes saying something. I’m generally opinionated and, at the same time, always reigning myself in. Particularly on social media. Among the many subjects I can get worked up about, the Church is at the top. Interestingly, it is also the one subject I’m most careful about. This applies even more in times of failure of / in churches. I dare critique my / our critique.
Church and organizational life has big moments. These span campaigns, big events and such. Church calendars can include Easter, Christmas and other specific community drives. Those are usually times of disproportionate focus and attention. Some things in ‘normal’ church life make way for the campaign. And, teams across organizations have a single focus. Many of us can identify with the buzz–palpable excitement and expectancy.
Something occurred to me while listening to the ChurchMag Podcast episode, “How To Manage A Multi-Author Blog“. I might have thought about it before but definitely not in the terms I am today. While talking about the role of an editor, I can’t remember whether it was Eric or Jeremy, maybe both, who said one of the roles of an editor was to help authors / contributors better. I like that idea a lot. It got me thinking about an overlooked but critical function of a communications director.