One of the most helpful ways to get a grasp of all your roles and responsibilities is with a Mind Map. “A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank landscape page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added.” More>>
I find mind maps very helpful when you are gathering your thoughts and want to see the “big picture.” Often in the process, you’ll see areas of strength as well areas that need some attention. If you have that nagging feeling that you’re “missing something”, creating or reviewing a mind map can be a great way to jog your memory.
While there are ways to do this with software, my favorite is with the a simple pen and paper. Some people use colored markers for each branch and others use sketches or doodles as part of their thinking process. I’ve also seen this done in a group environment…with different people adding branches and ideas on a whiteboard. It can become very interactive and you see the mind map unfold and people have to clarify their thinking to their peers.
Mind maps can bring order out of chaos, give you a sense of control…and they look pretty too. Here is one of mine.
Typed out if you have trouble reading my writing : )
BRANDING of the church, ministries and events.
Ensure “creative continuity” between media (web, print, PowerPoint, etc)
Pop-by (a lot…make sure I’m readily available to get and give input)
Weekly staff meeting
Worship Folder (weekly bulletin)
Connections (Monthly magazine)
Mail merge ministry postcards
Banners (3ft x 12 ft)
Plaza Booths (banners, tables, etc)
Pass on “good news” as I find it
Find & purchase
Script & Film
Coordinate with Videographer
Event Promo / Event Celebration
E-mail Newspapers press release
Channel 3 (free community channel)
PowerPoint / Announcements
Narrow what’s going to be highlighted
e-mail slides and suggested text
Internet / Web
Keep Current (#1 Priority!)
Design & Innovate
All Church e-mail
Local School Sports
Department Budget and Accounting
Take photographs of events
Create and Maintain Department Budgets
Purchase and maintain printing & finishing equipment