Featured Member of the Week: Joshua Monda

Katie Allred

What’s your name?

Joshua Monda

Where do you serve, what is your title, and how long have you served there?

First Baptist Church Washington Illinois I am that Pastor and I have served here for seven years

How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t go to church?

I tell them I am the Pastor and have jokingly said I am the Pastor of all things church-related. 🙂 Of course, if they don’t understand what it, I would describe that role to them as one in which I serve God and serve the people in order to equip them to do ministry.

What were some of the things that you experienced that shaped the way you approach your work?

One of the biggest things that shaped the way I work was discovering my learning style and knowing my personality. This impacts how I lay out my day and handle interruptions.

What’s the one thing you wish people knew about your job?

Preparing a sermon takes a lot of time.

What is the one tool for your job that you can’t live without, and why?

My MacBook. I do everything on it. My bible software is on there; my video editing is on there; I often create my graphics on there. I could survive without it, but I would not want to.

What is the biggest mistake that you see churches making when it comes to communications and marketing?

With communication, the biggest is take; I see church making is not communicating enough and that communication not being clear. When it comes to marketing, most small churches have no idea where to start, and sometimes when they do, they cast a perception that is not true of their church.

Who is someone that you look up to in the church communications world?

I would say life.church mainly because they do so much and offer so much freedom when it comes to communications. That is rare today.

We are with you in the importance of clarity and relevance in communicating what your church represents. Thank you, Joshua, for letting us in your wonderful insights. Keep on improving your craft and spreading the good vibes!

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