Learning to work with new people is either a terrifying or liberating experience. They’re (hopefully) excited about their new position and they have freshly conceived notions of what is expected from both parties. Because of this, great stress can arise when new people are put in charge of ministries in the church.
I’m happy to say that I am having to change the process of how I work because the new leadership in some ministries is so good that I have to be prepared to get what I want from them. My problem is, I’m not used to this. I’m not used to getting the information I want in a timely manner. Their problem is, they don’t know what to ask for, but they’re ready to ask for it.
We all have to work with people who only live in the past 60 seconds. These last minute thinkers cause me to do half the work I need to do and produce media at half the quality I’d like. Not only that, but they cause me to put on hold the work of those who planned ahead and my own personal projects.
However, now I’m having to rethink my structure of creating media for ministries and events. I’m having to think different. I have to learn to be the media director I want to be.
While studying for how I should go about this I’ve read a number of articles telling me that I should have an advertising contract or terms of service. Many of them say that I should set an amount of time that is required for each type of media. For example, if you want something in the Sunday worship guide you must have the details to me by Monday at noon.
Or what? I won’t advertise it? Tough luck? Sorry Charlie?
I understand the reason for setting standards like these, but they will only work if they are enforced, and I don’t think that’s how ministry should be run.
So, I’ve decided to create a modified version simply stating that I hold the right to deny any of the requests due to time restraints or if I deem the need unnecessary*.
*What I mean by this is that I won’t advertise something in a way that it doesn’t need to be advertised. IE: The Senior Adult trip to Gatlinburg isn’t going to make it to the front page of the church website.
In addition to this, I am providing an exhaustive list of all the different media that can be used for advertising, both print and web. They will then have the ability to pick and choose, alleviating all of the guess work on my end.
This may all seem pretty basic to you, but when you constantly live 60 seconds at a time, you can’t afford to do things like this.
As a side note, I’m looking forward to using an app/website called Trello where I can create a “board” for each ministry event coming up and assign all of the media needs and details to each board. It’s basically going to become a virtual project board. I’ll update you later on how it’s working once I have had some time to play around with it.