3 Dangers of Over Communication the Church Should Avoid

Written by  //  August 7, 2013  //  Church Communication  //  5 Comments

With more and more churches becoming savvy in all areas of digital, mobile, and print communication, if not carefully orchestrated, it can be easy to over-communicate with the members you care most about. The last thing you want to do is to allow technology to get in the way of ministry. If you’re sending too many text, email, and voice messages along with occasional snail mail, all that communication can sometimes have the opposite effect—it turns people off to your church.

Below are three dangers of over-communication the Church should avoid if at all possible:

Woman with horn1) You say too much

As Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Communicating just for the sake of always being in front of your members is by itself not a great reason to communicate. Choose to communicate carefully all the while respecting the valuable time and attention of the people you are here to serve.

  • Within a voice message sent to people’s homes or mobiles, don’t talk too long, keep it short and sweet.
  • In your email, keep it to the point, use short paragraphs and bullet points when you can. If you have a long story to tell, include a paragraph with a link to the rest of the article online.
  • In your text messages, keep it very terse and use simple language that can’t be taken out of context.

2) You communicate via too many methods

Honestly, nothing is more annoying to most people than sending the a barrage of messages throughout the week. Try not to text people one day, send a long email newsletter another day, then hit them up with a long-winded voicemail message later in the week. Streamline all the important touchpoints of communication and be strategic about how and when you reach out.

  • Group together folks who prefer text messages to email or voice; reach out to them with short messages or reminders of events that they would be interested in or are already signed up for.
  • Aim to send specific ministry news to members who have opted in or volunteer in that area of ministry instead of to the entire congregation.
  • Avoid reaching out to the entire congregation through mail, email, and voice all at once unless there is a real emergency, time change, or some other really important reason.
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3) You communicate too frequently

It’s easy to forget something in the church-wide email and decide send a second email with an update, but you run the risk of annoying people with too much frequency. Same goes for text messaging. Unless you’re the high school pastor and are constantly in personal communication with kids, there’s usually not a good reason to text people more than once a week. I typically remind my Bible study group of our Thursday morning get together the night before and send one email a week with details on our lesson sent in enough time for them to prepare. When you reach out too many times, people begin to tune you out.

  • Limit text messages to once or twice a week.
  • Limit church-wide email to once a week, or once every other week.
  • Limit voice communication to one voicemail a week.
  • Limit your Facebook posts to one or two a day.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a church technology communication expert to help you develop a plan for your digital church communication strategy, I invite you to check out One Call Now, a leader in faith-based messaging. They have a whole division devoted to assisting churches in communicating with the members through voice, text, and email.

How frequently do you communicate with your members via email and text?

About the Author

Lauren Hunter is a freelance writer, consultant and blogger who loves the Lord and desires to encourage churches to better use technology to improve every aspect of ministry. Her blog, ChurchTechToday, was born out of a need to find a place to discuss how technology can impact the Church in positive ways.

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5 Comments on "3 Dangers of Over Communication the Church Should Avoid"

  1. Dave Shrein August 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm · Reply

    I agree. When I saw the title I was curious if you could over communicate because I’m a firm believer of communicating in all the forms your demographic is consuming. After reading I couldn’t agree more. I think what you’re getting at is to have a strategy for communicating and don’t just assume that people want to hear your message but rather decide the best avenue to communicate and then use it efficiently.

    Great practical article. Thanks for taking the time to publish this article.

    • Lauren Hunter August 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm · Reply

      Hey Dave, Thanks for your comments! I think most churches probably do not overcommunicate, but I’ve met a few who did. I think reviewing communications strategies from time to time can be really helpful overall. Blessings, Lauren

  2. communication August 30, 2013 at 7:57 am · Reply

    I couldn’t agree more! These days people are bombarded with communications of all sorts from any number of channels, organizations and people. Over-communicating is the best way to lose your audience, I frequently unlike facebook pages for posting too frequently, unsubscribe to email newsletter for pushing too many emails and unfollow people on twitter for being over active. If the communications are good quality, then frequency is less significant, but when quantity takes precedence over quality the communications really start to suffer.

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