All Saints people need to know what responsibilities are included in the Director of Communications position. That’s what I’ll focus on this week, as a follow up to last week, when I shared about how the position came to be.
The Director of Communications role is…
- to help tell All Saints’ story
- by creative use of print and digital media
- with the goal of increasing participation in All Saints’ worship and other ministries
That’s a big job, depending on how you slice it. And in fact, it is clearer now than ever that this still relatively-new position involves more tasks in less time compared to the Secretary position of some time ago. In fact, as written, the Director of Communications job is too big for 15 hours a week.
Council and I have been talking about this. The best next step may be rewriting the job description so it is both fair and clear. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve invited Faby to focus on, in order to address highest priorities:
- worship projection and bulletin composition
- website, e-news, social media
- creating a comprehensive communication plan
- possibly reviving a regular print mailing
- interviewing members and attending events, telling the story of both
- growing and working with volunteer “Communications” and “Worship Prep” teams
That last point deserves an example or two. Since she started, Faby has been working with Kim Schlue to finish the bulletin. Usually on Wednesdays, Faby composes announcements, maintains prayer list, and attends to overall layout. Then on Friday or Saturday, Kim updates the calendar and service order, then prints and folds the bulletin. (Thanks, Kim!)
Sharon Martin has also been a huge help. She posts on the website most Mondays or Tuesdays the scripture for the coming Sunday, with brief introductions. This then gets imported into the e-news automatically. (Thanks, Sharon!)
That’s the power of team work! The vision I and Faby have for growing this teamwork includes inviting All Saints people to:
- attend worship planning meetings and create service orders
- periodically update the song database on the worship projection computer
- help with social media: for example, post on the Facebook page the verbal announcements made on Sundays
- write for the website/e-news ministry stories and event recaps
- take photos
- print and mail print publications
It’s the old adage, “Many hands make light work.” And much of this can be done anytime, anywhere. Talk to Faby or I if you have an interest in helping.
So I hope this summary and the one from last week helps clarify and celebrate who, what, how, and when the important ministry of communicating gets done around All Saints. This congregation is blessed by a highly competent, highly motivated Director of Communications, and by many wonderful others who share their gifts as followers of Jesus.
Thanks be to God!