Communication… A powerful way in which we connect with those around us. When approached properly and served in positive ways, can be used greatly to strengthen others and ourselves. Proper communication can change your attitude , alter a negative situation, and even change a life. It is a great tool, yet the influence it has is often overlooked.
As a worship leader in training, I’m going to look at communication from the perspective of a church leader. As many of you know, communication is a monumental aspect of relationship building in the church. Without the right communication pastors, worship ministers, and leaders in the church would be unable to reach the congregation effectively. These next four points will greatly benefit how you communicate, not only to your congregation, but to all others.
1. Speak the audience’s language
-present it in a form that is easily accessible and time-appropriate for the reader/audience
-show them that you care about them personally
-invest in the peoples’ lives that you are communicating to; don’t let it be a “one-time thing” just to win their attention for a specific reason and time.
-be inviting and let your words be simple
-make it personal. we all overlook the same old advertisements and communications, but when we think the information was made specifically for us, we WANT to receive it
-be real… don’t be overdramatic
3. Plan it out
-well prepared and thought out information will help you deliver clearer communication to the audience, and in hand they accept it more openly
(Now don’t get me wrong, I am not implying that we should never talk to someone unless we have planned it out. Sometimes the spontaneous conversations are the most influential and remembered ones.)
4. (Last, but definitely not least) PRAY
-Seek the Lord for wisdom
-Listen to the spirit throughout the day, especially while interacting with others in conversation
2 Timothy 2:16 we read, “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness…”
In a society where everything is digital and “right here, right now”, personal interaction and genuine care in communication can have a tremendous positive influence. Through Christ, each and everyone of us has to power to communicate effectively and live out those words in our actions. Above all, our priority should be to uplift and honor God with our words and actions at all times.