As church communicators, the power and impact of our writing on the lives of those in our church will be a reflection of where our heart is with our Lord. Whether you plan it or not, who you are always comes out in your writing. Below is a challenge from Dallas Willard on discipleship and then one on writing from C.S. Lewis. Below them is a resource that will encourage your heart as a church communicator.
The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.”
― Dallas Willard, The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship
Some advice on how a writer might meet the challenge:
If I have read the New Testament aright, it leaves no room for 'creativeness' even in a modified or metaphorical sense. Our whole destiny seems to lie in the opposite direction, in being as little as possible ourselves, in acquiring a fragrance that is not our own, but borrowed, in becoming clean mirrors willed with image of a face that is not our. . . .An author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal Beauty and Wisdom. . . And always, of every idea and of every method the Christian will not ask, 'Is it mine?' but 'Is it good?'
C. S. Lewis, Christianity and Literature
A resource to strengthen your heart as you write
This book, Devotions for Church Communicators was previously titled The heart of church communications. I may go back to that title when I reprint it. Regardless, it will help you tremendously to approach your communication work as a disciple of Jesus. It is free for Effective Church Communication Members and can be bought for immediate download or as a paperback or Kindle from the links below.