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Communicating Jesus

Ministers' letters, View from the pew

Do you prefer phone calls or texts? TV or radio? Email or social media? Snail mail or Facebook Messenger? Whether you’re a millennial or baby-boomer, we like to hear information delivered differently because we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as one body with many parts, each with distinct God-given gifts and roles. As a family of Jesus-followers, the Bible also encourages us to use our gifts to serve God and each other (1 Peter 4:10).

One way we can serve one another is in the way we communicate important news and events. At St Michael’s, our church family has several ways of letting people know about news and social events, with methods to suit each generation, socio-cultural background and age group.

If you’re new or visiting St Michael’s, we’re a big church family with five Sunday gatherings (with a total average attendance of 400+ people), 25 weekly Growth Groups (i.e. adult Bible study groups) meeting in various locations, multiple youth and children’s ministry groups, and many others!

To help keep our family members up to date, while also “shining as lights” in the wider community, we rely on the following communication channels…

WebsiteOur online ‘front door’ for visitors.

ElvantoOur church management database helpful for scheduling volunteers and registration for events (create an account here!).

Facebook page: An inspirational platform encouraging people to check out Jesus at St Michael’s.

Facebook groupAn easy way to share family news, events, and communicate with people.

E-News: Our informative weekly E-news email (sign up here!).

Bulletin: A newsletter handed out in church on Sundays.

Postcards: Printed flyers with information about our ministries & events.

Announcements: Up-front church family news and reminders during church.

Noticeboards: Located in the Cathedral and Church Hall.

Although there are many different ways to stay informed about church news and events, there’s one communication style that will never go out of fashion. The best way to communicate something is… to tell them! And preferably face to face.

After all, how do friends, family members and locals in Wollongong hear about what’s happening at St Michael’s if we don’t tell them or personally invite them? It’s the same with sharing our faith in Jesus – ultimately the most important news:

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? … How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15)

With your unique communication preferences and gifts, I encourage you to use the communication channels that work best for you (and others) to serve and love one another for Jesus!

In Him,

Lauren Russell
Communications Director & 7pm member

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