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Featured Member Of The Week: Juno Smalley

What’s your name?

Juno Smalley

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

New Life Community Church, Artesia, CA. Lead Pastor. 8 years.

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

I need to listen, love, and then lead

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

I’ve worked for two narcissistic lead pastors. I also worked for a state university for almost 10 years, work in a factory, worked in a bar… I get along well with people who don’t go to church. My mom only attended church when I was upfront as a young person- she didn’t feel she had nice enough clothes. My wife was promoted (died) 12 years ago. Being a single parent, and walking through the valley of the shadow of death changes you.

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

You can’t please everyone…I’m not called to please people but to lead a church that points people to Jesus.

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

Electonic communication – it helps me stay connected with friends and church.

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

Always changing… Yesterday’s methods may not be effective today. Get a ‘younger’ team on it.

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

Church Communications Group


Your wisdom really shows how much you have gone through in life and that’s what makes a true leader. You are truly an inspiration, Juno! The church communications community is glad to have people like you who always rise from adversity with grace. Keep on being you!

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