Maybe you have one of those new, inventive job titles — Cultural Architect, Community Catalyst, Pixel Pioneer or Digital Cosmonaut — or maybe you’ve assumed a more traditional title — Creative Arts Pastor, Communications Director, or Graphic Designer. Either way, I think there’s something more important than a nominal title: how you define your role.
What is it that you actually do? What do you bring to the table? What are you responsible for? The answers to these questions are paramount for both you and your organization.
To get you thinking about how you define your role, I thought a few links might be in order. First, there’s this humorous take on the role of a church media director. Second, there’s Blaine Hogan’s meditation on the artist as the new pastor. Next, there’s Kyle Baker’s assertion that you’re a story-shaper.
Finally, there’s this new post by Glenn Packiam: “The Worship Leader as Spiritual Guide.” In the post, I think Packiam does a great job of identifying the importance of defining our roles (even if his focus is on worship leaders), making the case for imagination, and sketching out the way a “spiritual guide” might approach his or her role in shaping corporate worship.
Read Glenn Packiam’s post and start defining your role (and imagining its implications). Put pen to paper and see what you come up with. Of course, you’ll want to work with your leadership and teammates as you go through this process, and my guess is that everyone will benefit from it.
If you take the time to define your role, or if you’ve already done so, I’d love for you to share your findings in the comments below. I’ll share what I come up with for myself there too.
Scott McClellan is the Editor of Echo Hub and the Director of Echo Conference. You can follow him on Twitter: @scottmcclellan.