Managing a Spiritualist Center

How to Start a Church Communications Team

The bottom line for any church congregation is to get their message out about who they are and what they believe. Today, churches have tools readily available to communicate with mass audiences worldwide quickly and inexpensively. Yet most churches struggle with how to communicate in an information society. A church communications team makes it possible to share the good news in exciting new ways. Read on to learn how to start a church communications team.

Recruit volunteers. As with any ministry, the main prerequisite for service is willingness. Hopefully, you have some folks who are tech-savvy, but if not, those willing to learn are always an asset. Consider people who are strong writers, editors or graphic artists.

Sit down with your church leadership and discuss communication goals. Come up with a mission statement for your communications team. Set some short-term and long-term goals. Think about what publications would be useful to your church and community such as newsletters and websites.

Gather what you need to get started. Publication software can be expensive. Consider a fundraiser if your church doesn't have the funds to purchase computers and software. If you don't have money for items like Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Word has templates you can download for all sorts of publications.

Look into training if necessary. At-home software training tools are available for every program imaginable. Investing in education for your team is wise; what you get in return is priceless.

Study what other communication-minded churches are doing for ideas. Look at their websites and publications. Churches that share your faith and goals are happy to help you get started.

Be patient. It can take a few weeks or a few years to see results. It depends on your base knowledge, motivation and starting resources. If you make a commitment to your goals and seek constant improvement, you will eventually have an effective communications team.