As the Center for Church Communication (CFCC), we exist to help the church matter. We’re a resource for church communicators. Churches have the greatest story ever told, but struggle to tell it well. We want to help churches tell it better.
Last year, our newly appointed board of directors gave me the task of acting as hub (read: director) for our communication initiatives in 2010. I realized I would never be able to tap into all the creative communicators serving in churches across the United States (and the world!) without a lot of help. Fortunately, since I’ve worked in churches for so many years, I’ve got a lot of friends.
Building a Team
In my own personal ministry experience I have found that I’m happiest when building and launching a team. It’s always fulfilling for me to gather a group of like-minds and harness their collective resource. The greatest thrill comes from discovering the distinctive talents of each individual—while all working together towards one common goal.
That’s why I’ve decided to establish a collective of Regional Network Coordinators for CFCC. These are simply friends and colleagues who we feel have something to offer as we identify, celebrate, inspire and resource a growing contingency of church communicators. They are diverse, some are well-known voices, others offer a unique perspective, etc.
What They Do
Our network of coordinators will simply function as eyes and ears on the ground in their respective areas of the country. They will help CFCC with behind the scenes projects and will point us to their favorite/most inspiring communicators and campaigns.
We have carefully selected these 18 individuals to act as local resources so that if anyone in their area needs communication resources they can point to CFCC. Likewise, we can learn from them what’s happening in their area and share those lessons, resources and ideas with the broader community. The goal is to offer some back and forth and ensure that CFCC is better plugged into the church communications community. This isn’t an exclusive club—we hope it will grow (especially in areas where we lack representation) and benefit the entire community.
As we all continue to improve our communication skills, we hope these coordinators will inspire us by pointing us to that which is good, true and beautiful in church communication.
Here is the list of Regional Network Coordinators:
CFCC 2010 Regional Network Coordinators
- Greg Atkinson (Dallas, TX)
- Tiffani Barnes (Nashville, TN)
- Shelley Chesney (Santa Barbara, CA)
- Nathan Davis (Oklahoma City, OK)
- Sam DuRegger (Pella, IA)
- Danielle Hartland (Erie, PA)
- Rich Kirkpatrick (Temecula, CA)
- Matt Knisely (Lawton, OK)
- Craig Littlejohn (San Jose, CA)
- Vince Marotte (Austin, TX)
- Crystal Renaud (Kansas City, KS)
- John Saddington (Atlanta, GA)
- Tim Schraeder (Chicago, IL)
- Ryan Spilhaus (McLean, VA)
- Vin Thomas (Portland, OR)
- Camron Ware (Dallas, TX)
- Heather Whittaker (Atlanta, GA)
- Brian Wurzell (Chandler, AZ)
- Benji Zimmerman (Las Vegas, NV)
We hope you know some of these people and can be a support to us by directing them to examples you may know of that reflect excellence in church communications. If you’re part of our community, please visit their sites, familiarize yourself with their work and welcome them with comments.