I’m Steve Smith, the Communications Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church. While I lead a team of specialists in church communications, including worship/event media, marketing, creative design, web strategy, social media, and technology, I consider myself a generalist. Since I’ve served in this same role in two mega-churches over the past 20 years, my skills in team leadership and navigating church culture have been as much, or perhaps more, honed as my skills in the communications disciplines themselves.
You might say I’m more of a communication (singular) professional than a communications (plural) professional, the former defining the learned art of relational, interpersonal, and organizational dynamics; the latter, the science of the tools and technologies of the various disciplines of communications.
That said, the focus of this blog will be on a few different topics: church leadership, church culture, church communication (interpersonal dynamics), and church communications (the tools and strategies). Occasionally I’ll dip into some specifics on communications and media best practices, but mostly this will be my thoughts on the broader aspects of church life and leadership.
I’m from Savannah, Georgia. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mercer University and later a Master of Arts in Corporate Communication from Rollins College. I’ve also studied through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned some credits toward a theology degree.
I started in communications ministry right out of college by serving as the Minister of Media at my home church in Savannah, leading the broadcast television ministry there. I was then called to serve in a similar role at First Baptist Church in Orlando, Florida. It was during my time there that I was asked to accept a larger role, assuming the Communications Pastor position. While my “first love” was church television, my sights were set on the broader aspects of church communication. I was ordained to the ministry and continued my education in corporate communication. But the best education has come through experience. Serving on the senior staff of two of America’s largest churches brings a quality education of its own.
My wife, Brandi, and I, along with our two daughters, Ellie and Olivia, live in Franklin, Tennessee. We love every aspect of life here. Brandi is a 5th grade teacher with Williamson County Schools. We are also trained and certified by the state as foster parents.
While this blog is part of my official role at Brentwood Baptist Church, this is also my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of the leadership and membership of Brentwood Baptist Church. The information is provided on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, correctness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use. The contents of this blog are the intellectual property of Brentwood Baptist Church.