November 28, 2011
Helping out the Calendar Master
Every congregation needs a calendar master.
This person oversees all the events in the church and coordinates with outside groups. The calendar master knows which group will leave the building spotless and which ones will leave half-full coffee cups on the counters.
It’s a heady, heavy job. Fortunately, a colleague discovered a free calendaring program that can help share the load.
The website www.localendar.com allows users to create and customize a calendar that can be integrated with a church or diocesan website. What’s really cool though is that it allows other people to submit calendar items – with final approval by the calendar master.
This simple tool spreads the work. And hopefully it empowers others to check the calendar before scheduling events.
For deanery or diocesan communicators, this is a great tool for topical calendars. For instance, we’re promoting it for Advent and Christmas events and inviting churches to submit their own calendar items. Normally we’re deluged with e-mails and calls, asking us to post various pageants and Lessons and Carols dates; this way, churches can put all the details they want, and our job shrinks to giving the final OK.
All in all, I think the calendar master would approve.