As part of our calling as leaders we have to be great communicators. If anything the bar is being raised all the time on communication. You only have to look at an old news cast, TV advert or documentary on You Tube to see how far things have changed, and how communication has developed and improved. We need to continue to press on to be the very best communicators we can be.
We need to always be learning new skills and developing our current ones in this area of communications. Probably the first step for us to think about is finding our voice. There are many models available that help us, but I was challenged to consider Ephesians chapter 4 where the Bible talks about the ministry gifts. Now whilst these are ministry gifts, they are also communication styles as each of these ministry gifts have at their heart communication.
Depending on what our predominant style is, will define how we communicate and will free us from trying to hit every style all at the same time. Once we understand our style, we can focus on maximising the positives that come with it and focus on using it to the very best advantage.
So what are they?
Ephesians ch 4 lists Apostle, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher and Evangelist. All are different and have a unique style. If we consider these as communication styles, then some of the characteristics may be :
Apostle – is an initiator, can operate across multiple locations, can be involved with other leaders, can often operate in background supporting other leaders
Prophet – has a real cutting edge, operates with revelation of new thoughts, and brings what God is saying , can be quite black and white and can be provocative
Pastor – looks after peoples needs, encourages people and comforts people who are hurting
Teacher – explains what is already known in a systematic and logical way, is often well read and can bring clarity to complexity
Evangelist – is very gospel focused in bringing the good news to people, often drives for decisions in the way that they communicate, and can often be persistent
Having these characteristic doesn’t necessarily means we have that ministry gift, But it can help us find our voice or our style of communication. Once we have found it, we can work with it to communicate clearer and better.
Maybe we need to enlist the help of those around us who we trust to tell us what they see, and add that to what we think we do ourselves. Sometimes the results can be ver enlightening.