Posted tagged ‘Church Communications’

My Song in the Night – New Website of Bobby Gilles

September 20, 2011

Bobby Gilles is one of the most gifted and effective communicators I know.  He is an accomplished songwriter and story teller and heads up the very impressive communications team of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY.  I have had the privilege in recent years to get to know Bobby and benefit from his work.  Specifically, I have learned how he has used the Internet to spread the vision and mission of Sojourn church in very practical and intentional ways and sought to implement much of what I’ve gleaned in my own context.

Having said that, I was really encouraged to receive a message from Bobby over the weekend about the announcement of a new website intended to help churches in numerous ways, including:

  • Teach people how to write and share their testimony. I’ve also included Sojourn’s guidelines for writing the salvation testimonies that we share at our baptism services.
  • Show the ways in which I work with Sojourn Pastor Daniel Montgomery and his pulpit team to encourage interaction among our members with our sermon series, vision campaigns, scripture memory challenges and more.
  • How we use social media, the arts and amateur photography at Sojourn to tell the story of our community, as a small part of God’s story.
  • How your church members can use the Psalms as models for telling the story of God at work in their life, and express their longings, questions, and pain.
  • Show the ways in which I work with Sojourn Worship Pastor Mike Cosper to help our people see the full gospel in our weekly worship service liturgy, and their place in the gospel story.
  • Songwriting instruction, from how to write simple scripture memory songs to the poetry mechanics behind hymn-writing, and how I’ve worked as a songwriting workshop coordinator to foster collaboration & community and train songwriters in the Sojourn Music community.

Put it this way. There are blogs I find essential for practical helps in ministry in the local church.  If I want to find the best on productivity and effective administration, I go to Matt Perman’s blog, What’s Best Next?  If I want to learn about practical pastoral helps, I go to Brian Croft’s blog Practical Shepherding.  If I want to learn about all things worship, I go to Bob Kauflin’s blog, Worship Matters.  And now, with Bobby Gilles’ new website, for help in exploring excellence in all forms of communication in the church, I recommend his blog My Song in the Night.

Add him to your RSS feed and check back regularly.  Bobby knows what he is doing, and his gifts are a great asset to the kingdom!