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St. Luke's UMC

Communications Director

St. Luke's UMC
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Date Posted: 03/04/2016
Categories: Communications
Denominations: United Methodist
Church Size: 5001 to 7500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Description

                                                                COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Indianapolis, IN


St. Luke’s UMC is one of the largest United Methodist churches in the U.S. with a membership of nearly 6,000. Our mission/vision statement reads: St. Luke’s is an open community of Christians, gathering to seek, celebrate, live and share the love of God for all creation. We envision being transformed by God and transforming the world into a compassionate, just, inclusive, Christ-like community.



The Director of Communications directs and coordinates the planning, creation, organization and implementation of all aspects of communication strategies, messages and mediums for both internal and external audiences. This individual leads the creative process and ensures overall continuity of St. Luke’s brand strategy and image, working closely with the Executive Director of Ministries and in collaboration with the Leadership Team, the Worship Production Team and all ministry departments.


This position requires skills and gifting in leadership, mentoring, collaboration (with clergy, staff, volunteers and vendors), organization, planning, creativity and quality assurance. A thorough knowledge of marketing, advertising, public relations, media relations, web presence and social media platforms is essential. High importance is placed on the ability to communicate concisely, clearly and creatively (both written and orally), as well as efficiently managing details, concurrent projects and tight deadlines.




Internal Communications to create awareness and momentum

Create, edit and produce print collateral materials including worship guides, PowerPoint™ slides, brochures, flyers, postcards, event promotions and bi-monthly magazine, as well as written communications for the Senior Pastor (letters, announcements, emails, sermon series promotions and stewardship support materials). Capture and communicate inspiring stories of life change within the church.


External Communicationsto reach and serve those beyond the walls of St. Luke’s

Design and execute a local marketing strategy and promotional materials to target audiences in the community, consistent with identified key directions for congregational growth using the most applicable and effective mediums.


Online and Social Networking Presenceto maintain up-to-date/real-time news and information

Proactively lead efforts to create and maintain impactful digital communications strategies, including an effective web presence and management of ongoing social media messaging to build an audience of followers.


Brand Strategy and Managementto create and maintain consistency of all messaging and materials

Serve as the brand manager to articulate the identity, culture and vision of St. Luke’s with consistent high-quality branding in content and graphics presentation. Ensure adherence by all ministry areas to established design guidelines/standards.


Communications Department Managementto manage an effective and efficient team

Cultivate, equip and encourage a team of communications staff and volunteers (writers, photographers, designers and consultants), and collaborate with contractors/vendors, clergy and staff to accomplish communications goals. Develop effective processes, define priorities, oversee project work flows and manage the approved budget. Serve as a consultant on key initiatives and projects, brainstorming creative communication resources and ideas to further ministry-specific initiatives and outcomes.


Quality Assuranceto produce the highest quality output possible

Assure excellence in all aspects of written, broadcast and electronic communications through intentional, concise and careful writing, design, editing, proofreading and production.


Media and Community Relationsto cultivate and maintain positive relationships with local media and community organizations

Develop a robust understanding of key media outlets, opportunities, trends and partnering resources in the local community to build bridges and create maximum exposure for St. Luke’s through leveraging non-paid advertising.



  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field preferred. Minimum of five years related experience.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud™, Basecamp™, Microsoft Office 365™; working knowledge of The City™ and social media platforms.


The ideal candidate is a person passionate about the Christian faith, who actively seeks to grow in personal relationship with God, who is committed to the mission and vision of St. Luke’s, and who serves out of a sense of call.


This is a salaried, full-time position. Some scheduling flexibility required.


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