Last year I served with Creative Missions as part of a remote team, meaning I did what I could from Nashville while everyone else was in New York. This year, I had the extreme privilege to be on the field.
It was a unique experience to serve churches in a discipline that I love, graphic design.
While serving and resourcing churches in Northwest Arkansas was the purpose, I learned just as much as the churches we were serving from my fellow Creative Missionaries, in particular the guys on my team: Eric Murrell (leader), Joe Porter, and Kelvin Co.
Here are three lessons I came back with.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Maybe it was that I didn’t know what questions to ask or where to start. Maybe I thought asking for help and someone else’s opinions would show some sort of weakness. Either way, I’ve been empowered to start asking.
Why do we do what we do? Can we do this better? Can you help? What do you think? How do you do that?
For some reason I thought I needed to know all the anwers to be taken seriously. When in reality, smart people got smart by simply asking questions.
2. Twitter Searches
Why have I not thought of this? It’s so simple! It was eye-opening to hear Eric Murrell talk on social media with the churches we were serving. I tried to soak in as much as I could.
One thing he mentioned was using Twitter advanced searches to see who’s talking about your church and community when they aren’t using your twitter handle in their tweet.
Taking it a step further, the genius Kelvin Co pointed out that you can even use it as an outreach tool and search for terms such as “cancer” or “sick” within your community and then let people know you’re praying for them. I like that it also keeps us accountable to make sure we actually are praying for the broken and hurt around us. I’ve been thinking about lately about how social media can be a discipleship tool so this little tidbit really sparked my interest.
3. We’re still the minority
I don’t work at a huge church or anything but I am part of a church and team that understands the importance of nice signage, strategic branding, great websites, etc. It’s obvious through the sheer number of blogs dedicated to church communications and marketing that more and more churches are “getting it.” But the vast majority of churches and ministries still don’t understand or have the resources to truly engaged a wired community.
It was encouraging and refreshing to work with pastors and churches that really value the creative mind and what we have to offer.