If you are finding it difficult to keep up with your congregates’ or messages are getting mixed up and misunderstood, you are doing your church an injustice. Take the time to figure out where you are missing out on your communication opportunities and change the way you engage to become a more effective church leader.

One of the first things you should study is the types of messages you need to send each week and when and how you are sending them. This can make a big difference in the way they are being received. Here are five ideas to help you expand your communication messaging:

Idea 1: Inspirational Messages

Your weekly mass is the core of your responsibilities as a pastor. Try to make this as much about your church and its spiritual message as possible. Make time at the end for very brief announcements, but move on quickly and make yourself available at the end of mass. Shake hands and welcome new members.

Idea 2: Notices and Announcements

Announcing births, marriages, and deaths are important to your congregation. Keep these limited to your church newsletter or a special section on your website. There is no reason why you need to waste time by reiterating these events.

Idea 3: Events and Fundraisers

These are another important part of your weekly activities and extremely important to make sure that your members are aware of. These should be posted multiple times on your website. In addition, you can also use a church notification service to send text message alerts, automated voice messages or emails to your members when one of your fundraising events is coming up.

Idea 4: Emergency Notifications

Events come up that cause you to have to change your church plans, or you may feel a responsibility to warn your congregation about an imminent dangerous weather situation. Churches used to rely on phone trees under these types of circumstances, but with modern technology, you can use your web and social media sites as well as your church notification service to reach as many people at once in a very short amount of time.

Idea 5: One-on-One Time

Once you have been delegating specific methods for your many communication needs you will find you have more free time. This extra time can be used to spend more time dealing directly with your congregation. You can set aside a time and place to offer individual counsel. You can also plan small gatherings with your many church groups to become more involved in their activities. As you make yourself more of a physical presence in the day to day activities of your church you will find that the members will gain more trust and respect in you, making it more likely that they will show up on Sunday.

Time and place are very important when building on your leadership communication skills. Once you are able to identify your opportunities for communication and streamline your methods you will find that you have more time on your hands to focus on the real message you are trying to relay.