This week I’m featuring my interview with Jared Callais about ministry, creativity and church communications. Jared is the Communicacations Director at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Most church creatives are gifted in more than one skill. Whether it’s video, graphics, lighting, etc, how did you learn?
My strongest skill is graphic design since that’s what I went to school for. Everything else has been learned from experience, blogs, and books.
What’s your primary role at your home church?
Oversee all communication outlets & design all media (print & digital)
When did you start doing creative ministry? Did you ever volunteer at your church (or any other church) before becoming part of the staff?
I’ve been on staff for about 4.5 years. Before that, I did work for a couple churches and ministries while I was in school and in the period of time right after I graduated.
How has your role evolved since you came on staff?
The first year or so was pretty much figuring out what my job was. After a supervisor transition, I was given Less Clutter. Less Noise. by Kem Meyer and that was a pretty big game changer. Over time, I’ve realized just how far reaching the discipline of communication reaches.
Mention some challenges that you’ve had since being part of creative ministry.
Most of the challenges I’ve faced are all about perception. Working with so many different ministry leaders who all have their own events and needs, it’s difficult to prioritize it all and help them understand those priorities while still helping them feel like their needs have been addressed and communicated effectively.
Mention your biggest accomplishment (or more) since being part of creative ministry
I don’t think I really have one. I’m always excited to launch a new project. As of right now, we’re about to launch a 40-day time of prayer in our church and so I’ve been working on what goes in people’s hands on the Sunday we launch, how we’re going to keep people engaged throughout the process, etc.
What’s the one thing you wish you knew before you started in church communications?
I wish I would’ve known how to manage time better. It never slows down. For a couple years I kept thinking that after the next big project things would slow down and they never have.
Do you have any ministry mentors?
I’d probably say Justin Wise. Since I’ve been reading/learning about how to do my job, the content he produces is probably the most valuable that I’ve come across.
What advice would you give to someone who’s starting out?
It’s an incredibly fun job. It can also be an incredibly stressful job. Be gracious. Make time to really talk to the people you work with.
Jared is the Communications Director at Brainerd Baptist Church. He lives his wife and three awesome kids in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
You can check out Jared’s blog jaredcallis.com where he shares how he gets things done, what he’s learned along the way and trusted resources.
Follow Jared on Twitter @JaredCallis
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