Are you a member of a church congregation who actively participates in events or are you a leader of your church congregation? If you are, you may always be on the lookout for ways to bring new members and supporters into your community. As you likely already know, one of the best ways to go about doing so is by educating the community and keeping them up-to-date on religious news and events that may be impacting your church.
As nice as it is to hear that you should target your community, by keeping them educated and up-to-date on religious news and events, including what is currently happening in your church congregation and what your goals for the future are, is important, many wonder how they can go about doing so. The good news is that you have a number of different options. Just a few of the many approaches that you can take are outlined below for your convenience.
One of the first things that you will want to do is use the internet to your advantage, especially if you aren’t already doing so. In a technology based world, many individuals rely on the internet to get their news, fun, and entertainment. If your church does not already have an online website, you will want to look into creating one right away. You may even have a member in your congregation who is capable of creating such a website for you.
Should you create an online website for your church or even if you already have one, you will want to make sure that you have a news and events section. This news and events section should be prominently displayed on the main page of your website and it should also be updated as often as possible. What you will want to do is list each of the activities or events that your congregation has planned in the near future, as well as any news that may impact those activities and events.
In addition to using the internet to your advantage, you can also use the location of your church to your advantage as well. This is particularly ideal if you have a location that is regularly seen by many of your community members. If you do not have a bulletin board or a sign out front of your church building, you will want to look into creating one right away. This sign or board should easily be seen by passersby, including those that will be walking and driving. Be sure to outline any events that your church is having in the near future, namely events where community members are welcome to join.
It is also advised that you rely on word of mouth to help keep your religious news and events flowing throughout your community. What you will want to try and do is encourage each of your congregation members to speak to their friends, family members, neighbors, or coworkers on upcoming events that your church may be hosting or sponsoring. When doing so, especially with those who are unfamiliar with your religion, it may be best to focus on the event at hand. Those who first take the approach of trying to convince community members to join your congregation may “scare off,” many community members, which is what you do not want to occur.
Another great way that you can go about keeping your community involved and up-to-date, when it comes to informing them about news and events that are related to your congregation, is by asking each of your church members for input. This is best if you have a meeting or another event where you are able to have discussions. You may be surprised with some of the great ideas that some of your very own members may be able to come up with. This approach is ideal if you are looking to make integrating yourself into your community a top priority.
The above mentioned ways are just a few of ways that you can go about keeping your community members, especially those that are not active in your church, up-to-date on news and events. As a reminder, there are a number of benefits to having an active involvement in your community.