At the start of the year, it's natural to want to do some planning, but planning can be both a positive and a negative thing. It's always challenging as I was reminded when several churches have asked how to create a communication plan for the next five to seven years. Each of them has mentioned that new technology can be costly and they want to be prepared, in their budgeting and for training. Though I admire their desire to be good stewards, planning ahead for five years in church communications, especially when it involves trying to figure out technology needs, is futile.
Could you have envisioned your communication world today five years ago?
Think about it. Five years ago, could you:
- Have imagined or planned for the iPhone and iPad?
- Known texting would be a major way your youth group would communicate and your youth pastor would need a high-end mobile phone?
- Have known that skill with Facebook would be useful, if not essential, when you hire a church secretary?
- Imagined that Tweeting would be a skill your senior Pastor might want to learn? Even known the meaning of Tweeting or that social media in any form would be able to overturn governments and raise millions for charity? [Read more...]