Dear St. Paul’s family,

As you know, the Cathedral employs a number of professionals to help us “equip the saints for the work of ministry.” Over the course of the next few weeks I want to share with you a sense of what some of our wonderful staff offer us. To begin, I asked Wayne Riehm, our Communications Coordinator, to share with us. Wayne joined the Cathedral staff in August, and his position is part-time, ie 25 hours each week. You won’t usually see Wayne on a Sunday, but he is hard at work during the week. Here are some highlights of his ministry.

  • Cathedral Life (our weekly printed publication) and the Thursday eBulletin each take several hours every week to prepare, including the following tasks:
    • Updating recurring content
    • Editing announcements submitted by our 78 ministries
    • Finding content for our Partners in Ministry section
    • Proof-reading and formatting
  • Composing, editing, formatting additional emails such as death notices
  • Using Adobe software products to design banners, event flyers, brochures, buttons, business cards and more
  • Creating Facebook events, sometimes identifying target markets for advertisements
  • Posting the Weekly Dean’s Letter to our blog
  • Making updates to our website including:
    • Creating new pages
    • Uploading Cathedral Life and the eBulletin to the archive page
    • Updating our website calendar with events and descriptions
  • Maintaining our complex internal calendar and presenting at staff meetings so we are all aware of important dates
  • Creating posts for our social media accounts
  • Inventorying all our banners
  • Developing and documenting our standard operating procedures
  • Implementing more sophisticated means of marketing our Cathedral and the many great things we do
  • Improving the Cathedral’s website making it more user friendly and appealing to both parishioners and newcomers

As you see, Wayne packs a lot of productivity into his limited hours, and we benefit from his technical and artistic skills and experience.
If Wayne had more hours each week he says he would work on the following:
  • Developing and documenting our standard operating procedures
  • Implementing more sophisticated means of marketing our Cathedral and the many great things we do
  • Improving the Cathedral’s website making it more user friendly and appealing to both parishioners and newcomers

I asked Wayne to reflect on how what he does feels like ministry. Here’s his answer: 
“I feel that what I do for St. Paul’s is a ministry because it allows me to use my God-given talents to raise awareness about His works being done through St. Paul’s Cathedral. Like so much of God’s work, my ministry is beneficial to all parties involved. I am blessed in my role here as it allows me to push myself to always do better and develop my professional skills.”
Thank you for your ministry, Wayne!

Your sister in Christ,

Penny

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