I just read a clergy bio on the website of the church he pastors. The final detail of the story is in 1983, when he began to pastor churches.
How interesting is a story told today that ends in 1983? It makes utterly no sense to me, as a pastor, in a “bio bit” on a church’s website to stop telling the story of my life 27 years ago.
But, then, isn’t there almost always something easy to criticize about someone else’s communication? Last week I read my bishop’s blog about Christmas Eve in which he criticizes several Fort Worth Churches for failing to communicate last year’s Christmas Eve plans. While I couldn’t agree more, I thought, as I was reading the post, that the weekly “e-newsletter” that comes out of his office is 5 to 13 pages of small-font pdf text with occasional embedded links (some of which work) and typically at least a few outdated stories that carry over for a couple of weeks.
Then I recall how I was judged to have done a less than adequate job of communication at my last annual performance review.
Perhaps communication is a glass house for all of us. Perhaps we could all do better.