Community Discussion: Challenges Of Being A Church Communicator

Katie Allred

Ever feel like you’re doing more than you signed up for? That’s okay! You’re not alone.

Being in church communications can be challenging and difficult at times, especially when we face unexpected circumstances like we are in now. 

In our Facebook group, Maureen Kelley Small shared her predicaments on being a church communicator during this challenging time, in which our members responded and shared their own experiences.

The Post:

“Anyone else dealing with such a change in tasks that your job hardly resembles what you were hired for? In an attempt to keep everyone working, I seem to be thrown a pile of tasks that aren’t normally in my job description and that I don’t enjoy. If this were what this position was advertised as I would never apply because it just doesn’t interest me, nor do I enjoy it. It’s tough to keep slugging through, but clearly, this isn’t the time to quit. I want to be a team player, but some of this is such a stretch for me. I’d rather they just reduce my hours than find “make work” projects for me.

Comments:

“This is exactly what communicators were hired for. Hang in! Learn a lot about communications… it is more than technology and skill. Thank you for what you are doing.” Susan Hahn

“I’m a pastor’s wife, and I know I signed up for it, so no problems here. On any given day, I’m a counselor, teacher, cleaner, secretary, message taker, ministry organizer, closet cleaner, Amazon shopper, a food distributor. I mean seriously I could go on and on. It’s what I’m called to do. Ministry at medium to small churches, generally speaking, requires us to all be team players ALL of the time. It Will change in time.” Becky Hunt Smith 

“This entire time is a stretch. Ministry isn’t just stuff we enjoy doing or are necessarily interested in, we all need to be doing things we weren’t doing a couple of months ago. At the end of the day, though, you can choose not to do it.” Joe Gorges 

“Yes definitely, but it’s not about me, it’s about what God wants to do through me. If I hadn’t opened myself up for Him to use me; however, He wants, I never would be where I am now.” Garrett Hamblen

“I understand it can be overwhelming. I work full time in a secular profession, full-time MDiv student, working on a Biblical Counseling certification, teach the college ministry at my church, and have taken over all social media and communications for my church. It can get overwhelming at times, but I’m thankful to have a job and be able to serve my church and pastors during this difficult time. The weight that they are carrying right now is huge. And I’m happy to do everything I can to help them.” Jake Cribbs

Conclusion:

You’re not in this alone. One of the reasons why I created this group is so we can rally together and support one another. If you ever feel discouraged, just remember why you signed up for this job. Do not forget our ultimate goal as church communicators. That is, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Hope this helps!

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