One of the things I like to do is take tours of large churches in our area. Not only is it a great way to network, you have a chance to get out of the office and see how others churches structure their communications.
Setting a tour is not as hard as you think…
Call their Director of Communications, introduce yourself, offer to take them and a few of their key team members to lunch to pick their brain. Most folks in this position are very friendly, would be flattered and would love to share what they are doing and give a tour of their department. Make sure to bring a few members of your team. By the way, this is a great team building exercise. The time in the car there and back is some of the best relational time you’ll get. It’s also nice to have a second pair of eyes. Often they will catch things you missed.
It’s fun to get insights into what other churches are doing and there is no doubt that you will pickup some good ideas. You’ll also gain perspective on your role (your not the only church in the world that gets requests last minutes) and sometimes you’ll get a new appreciation for the structures, people and procedures that you have in place.
Thou shalt not covet they neighbors Facilities, Department or Leadership Team.
It’s easy to comeback and think “only if I had their __________” we could do better. While this is probably true, dwelling on it won’t help. If it helps you plan and envision the future, that’s great. God has placed you in your church context for a reason. Be a faithful worker as you pray and plan for the future.