There are many things I wish I had known about communicating when I first started my ministry job.  Learning to communicate effectively can have a major impact on your ministry and the relationships you build. Whether it's with kids, parents, or volunteers these 6 church communication tips will help set you up for success when it comes to your ministry.

Make a Plan

I wish early on I had created a plan for how and when I would communicate with volunteers and parents. Plans change as needed overtime, but having a plan ensures consistency and helps avoid communication gaps.

Less AND More

People receive so much information daily that we're trained to ignore long communication. The growing use of smartphones for email compounds the issue even more. I wish I had known it is better to send short emails more often instead of long emails less frequently.

Strong Communication Builds Influence

Everyone likes to be “in the know”. When your communication is strong, it helps build your influence with those you lead. Primarily because they know they can rely on you for the information they want.

Multiple Mediums are a Must

Different people prefer to be communicated in different ways. Email is usually the easiest and most popular, but learn who prefers face-to-face, over the phone, texting, or social media instead and try to use all available mediums.

Resolve Conflict Face to Face

It's much easier to try and resolve the conflict over email, or even over the phone. However, any type of conflict is best resolved face-to-face. There are fewer opportunities for bad assumptions to be made and a better chance to fully understand one another.

Never Forget The Why

It's easy to know “what” to communicate, but I wish I had known how important the “why” was as well. Communicating the reason for something (a decision, an event, a plan, etc.) helps people buy into it more. “What” engages the mind. “Why” engages the heart.

What do you wish you had known about communicating when you first started?