Communication is vital to keep any organisation moving forward efficiently. It is important to know when, what and to who to communicate. All information does not have to be communicated to everybody. In a church, which is the representation of the body of Christ in a locality, there is need to make sure that communication is happening. It is leaders who have the responsibility to lead the way in this. If a church is a place where people do not share information and experiences with one another then there will be a stifling of the body-life which is at the heart of what a church is. It is the elders in a church which are to set the tone as regards to making sure there is good communication.
One of the things that leaders should seek to avoid is that of the situation where certain people feel excluded from the life of the church because they are not communicated with. “No-one told me” or “Why was I not told” should be phrases which elders seek to eliminate from church life. To do this involves a relentless use of verbal and written communication. The development of electronic means of communication this has been made easier, but nevertheless you still need to make sure it is done.
However, you do have to be aware that communication is not as straightforward as it seems and certain media like “texting” can lend themselves too terseness which can come across harshly to people. The written communication needs to be done thoughtfully and prayerfully
This all reminds us that we need to communicate so as to be understood. Our God is a God who has worked His most glorious work through incarnating His Son into thsi world. Dare I say, God has made Himself clearly understood in the most remarkable way by taking flesh with us. So we should be God-like and seek communicate so as to be understood.
We need to be careful though, because there is a danger of overloading people with information in church life. There are times when only fellow elders need to know certain information. At other times certain other people need to know certain things. Before communicating think about who need to know what and how.
It is interesting to ponder upon the resolving of the problem by the apostles in Acts 6 regarding the dispute amongst the widows. Clear communication was most defintely central to bringing a resolution. Read how Luke reports the communication of the Apostles in Acts 6:2-4
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.’
Notice they got everybody together, no exclusions. Then they clearly indicated what was to be done and why. This communication was key to making sure that the proposed action was implemented so that a solution was achieved. So many good proposed actions flounder because there has been bad communication. And the solution never materialised; all because of poor communication.
(This post follows-on from my post of June 20th about Mrs May and Leadership – see here)