Last week Brad posted an entry about design and marketing positions in churches and theorized that churches will soon have a Pastoral Director of Design & Marketing. Based on the feedback we’re getting, it’s starting to happen. Maybe not a specific pastoral role, but churches are definitely hiring designers and creative people.
monkeyboy commented on Brad’s entry asking about getting church creative folks together:
“I would think that there might be enough people like myself who are on staff at a church as the Creative Director or a similar category that it might be beneficial to schedule something where we could all get together outside of our areas of ministry and begin to talk through the whole idea of communicating and presenting the gospel through our respective lenses. I know for me that I often feel like an island when it comes to doing what I do and feel there could be some definite benefits to networking with similar people when it comes to resources and such.”
He goes on to ask if such a group exists or if someone wants to organize them. We’ve heard of St. Luke’s Pow Wow, which is a group of church communicators in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and perhaps there are others. On a local level you could always start a Meetup group in your area (though they’ll soon charge $10-20 per month).
On a national level, we haven’t heard of many church marketing conferences, though they do exist. Outreach has their National Outreach Convention, which focuses more on evangelism but does have a marketing track. The Willow Creek Association has a number of events, though we don’t know how much they focus on marketing. We also heard about a marketing seminar in North Carolina earlier this year, though there’s no indication if it will continue.
When we dream big here at Church Marketing Sucks, this is the kind of stuff we like to think about. While we’re relatively small and new at this (we only started in July), we’d love to help connect church marketers.
If that means a new section of our site or linking to groups around the country to help people meet locally, let’s do it. If that means dreaming about a national church marketing convention, well, let’s start dreaming. Tell us how we can help.