Communication is at the heart of all our churches, reflecting Jesus’ great commission to ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations’ (Matthew 28, v19).
Many churches have parish magazines, website and notice boards and the communications team for the diocese offers support with all these elements of parish communication, through training, resources and advice. There is also a network of volunteers who specialise in communication for their churches.
Our network of Church Communicators is aimed to help give the church a better profile in the media and improve communications between the churches and the diocese. They help promote church events and be on the lookout for stories to place in the media through press releases. The aim is that as many parishes as possible will be able to find someone to take on this voluntary role. Even in a small way, it can have an impact. We have more than 40 Church Communicators around the diocese but we need many more to be effective. To find out more click here for a job description.
Communicating your message
Does your parish have a communications strategy? When did your PCC last discuss communications, including your parish magazine and website? It is often useful to run a communications review in your parish as a starting point. This helps look at everything from your parish noticeboard, or pewsheet, to your magazine and website and the ‘churchnearyou’ entry. It’s also an opportunity to think about the messages these publications are sending out to regular members of your congregation and visitors.
The Communications team can advise on communications issues. It is also there to support parishes and clergy during times of media interest. For non-urgent enquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org