What’s your name?
Where do you serve, what is your title, and how long have you served there?
I am the Community & Connections Pastor at Oak Park Christian Center in Pleasant Hill, CA, and have served in my role here for 4 years.
How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t go to church?
I connect people in our church to all the amazing opportunities our church has to become involved. I also lead our small group ministry.
What were some of the things that you experienced that shaped the way you approach your work?
I know what it’s like to be new at a church and overwhelmed by all the people and opportunities. I also know how it feels to be left out when you want to be involved in something. I am always keeping my eyes open for those who seem nervous, alone, or left out, and my heart is to include them and let them know they are seen and loved and valued.
What’s the one thing you wish people knew about your job?
It is truly fulfilling to see someone visit for the first time and get involved in ministry, serving others. I love helping people find the right fit for themselves in ministry. I also love one-on-one conversations where people share their lives with me.
What is the one tool for your job that you can’t live without, and why?
Canva – I use it almost every day! I have created so many promotional tools with no graphic design experience.
What is the biggest mistake that you see churches making when it comes to communications and marketing?
Having outdated websites and old logos. It immediately gives a sense that the church is not up-to-date. Since our online presence is usually our first impression, it’s so important these things are kept updated.
Who is someone that you look up to in the church communications world?
Carey Nieuwhof – he is a church leadership expert who delivers principles that apply to all forms of church communications!
You are a stellar church communicator, Jaimie! We appreciate your approach that you keep an eye out for those who are feeling alone & left out because it truly encompasses the sense of community. Keep inspiring others!
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