The art of communicating

I just started a class in communication and this started me thinking. What does it take to have real communication? Do you know how to effectively communicate your message to those who want to hear what you have to say?

Alexander Graham Bell has been credited with being the inventor of the communicating device, the telephone, that revolutionized modern day communication. The telephone is a rather unique device that allows one person to speak to another person. Of course this does require some form of transmitter and another form of receiver if the two are going to be able to communicate.

Have you ever noticed the importance we place on which device is the best? Simply look at all the advertisement focused on which smart phone is the best. We have become so tied to our communication devices that if we were to misplace them, we stop whatever we’re doing and search for them. We value our ability to communicate instantly with others so much that we become frantic when we can’t reach them.

In our quest to communicate instantly with friends and family, have we forgotten what it takes to have real communication? Stop for a moment and think about what goes into real communication. Real communication is more than just a transmitter and a receiver. Every cell phone company, land line company and Internet provider would be useless without an infrastructure to route traffic. Without a means to handle incoming and outgoing messages, our devices would be nothing more than very expensive paper weights.

What does this have to do with our daily relationship with Christ, you might be asking? Well, plenty. How often do we as Christians place more emphasis on the transmitter of the Word and on the receiver of the Word, and fail to remember the infrastructure needed to effectively communicate one to the other? Ok, are you thinking now? Within the corporate structure of a Church we have one who is designed to be the transmitter of the Word, the Pastor. We have the ones destined to be the receivers of the Word, the parishioners. But, do we have the infrastructure that is necessary to route the messages to the correct recipients? Is there a means to get the right message to the right person at the right time?

Beyond getting the right messages to the right crowd, do we fully understand the need for interaction between the transmitter and the receiver? It is one thing to listen to a good orator deliver a message that can stir the heart to action. It is another thing to be able to reciprocate a need to the speaker in a manner that does not cause ill will or hard feelings. I propose that the time has come for less sermons and more open discussions that promote growth. No, I’m not calling for an end of Church as we have come to know it. Rather, I am seeking an opportunity for meaningful dialogue that leads to a deeper understanding of the Word.

I don’t need another service that titillates my emotions, but leaves me with no better understanding of what God has in store for me. I don’t require another speaker to try to ‘whip up the crowd’ and leave me wondering how that message is going to relate to my personal growth in Christ.

The art of communication requires an effective means of transmission more than it requires a mouthpiece. It requires more than a functioning earpiece. Real communication that delivers a relevant message to a hungry audience must have open, honest, and factual information that leads to greater depth of understanding and noticeable growth, otherwise it’s just noise.

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About Markus
Self confessed MisFit trying to get through life. Christ Follower,Father,Papaw,Musician. A realist who is enjoying becoming lost in the right direction

4 Responses to The art of communicating

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  3. Eddie Poole says:

    Mark, maybe another way is to have small groups discuss the pastor’s message. I’ve been in small groups that worked like that and it seemed to work well. We definitely need two way communication in order for people to grow. Thanks for sharing! Keep thinking!

    • Mark Spencer says:

      That’s a great idea! I believe 2 way communication is the key to spiritual growth!

      Thanks for the comments!

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