The quality of the message being given cannot be measured by the amount of people in the pews, but the sense of community that the church is offering can. It makes no difference what type of social interactions are being offered on the internet, people need others in order to thrive and your church is the perfect venue to nurture that growth. Take the time to grow your congregation and you will be helping them as well as your church.
1) Make a Great First Impression
Nobody likes that new kid in the class feeling. Assign the task to a regular member of your church to look out for newcomers at the door and make them feel welcome. A warm smile and handshake from a stranger will work wonders at making the new member feel at home. Have your welcome wagon set up to get the new members name and contact information and hand out a special package that is especially for newcomers. Include important church information inside the gift plus something unexpected like a mug with your church's name printed on the side.
As the pastor, you should be positioned at the exit at the close of each service. Here it is up to you to also offer a warm welcome, ask them about themselves and invite them to the next service.[click to continue...]
A potluck is a great event that brings your community and your church together. Best of all, you can have one for just about any reason - maybe it's Pastor Appreciation Day at your church, or you're celebrating Memorial day - or you just feel like having a fun event that anyone can enjoy!
But potlucks don't just "happen". To host a successful potluck (and make sure you have enough food), you have to put in quite a bit of work - even though each attendee is bringing a dish of their own.
So if you've had trouble organizing potlucks in the past, or are simply looking for some great tips to make your church potluck even better, you're in the right place. Read on, and see our top tips for potluck organization!
1. Start Planning as Early as You Can
Church potlucks should usually be planned a month in advance, at least - that way, you'll be able to announce the potluck several times during church services, and make sure that everyone knows about the event.
Awareness is one of the biggest factors in the success of a church potluck. If nobody knows about it, nobody will bring any food! So you should also consider sending out an email to your congregation.
DialMyCalls is a great automated church phone tree to use when planning potlucks. You can create a list of everyone attending, and send out SMS and voice message reminders about the event - ensuring that they remember to attend and bring the dish they said they would bring.
2. Send out a Sign-Up Sheet
A sign-up sheet is a great way to make sure that you'll have plenty of attendees - and to learn what dishes they plan to bring.
Put a sign-up sheet out in the foyer of your church, and make sure to tell people to sign up, so that you'll be able to understand what kinds of dishes will be present, and how many people are attending.
You can also consider sending out a "digital" sign-up sheet. You can use the physical sheet to create a document in Excel or Google Sheets, listing who plans to attend, their number, and the dishes they plan to bring. You can update this sheet regularly based on the physical sheet, and send it out to people who have not yet signed up on the paper sheet.[click to continue...]
Mission trips are a fantastic way that your church can engage with the youth, and make a real difference in a community. Whether you're renovating old homes, volunteering at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, or spreading the Word of God anywhere else, a summer mission trip can be truly life-changing for a teenager.
Youth groups love the opportunity to connect, bond, and fellowship with each other during a week-long missions trip. Friendships and relationships can deepen, and so does the spiritual connection with the Lord.
But if you're a newer youth pastor, or just getting started with summer missions trips, the whole process can be very intimidating. So here are some of our best tips for planning an effective summer missions trip for your youth group.
1. Start by Thinking About the Trip Date
You should start planning your trip 12-15 months in advance. Yes, seriously! You can certainly start planning a trip later than this, but the dates of your trip are very important.
You want to make sure that you choose trip dates that allow everyone to come on the trip, if they want - and because your youth group probably goes to a variety of different schools, this can be quite difficult.
You'll also have to work around summer family vacations. So start by announcing a prospective date well in advance - and then get feedback from youth group families, to learn if you should shift or adjust your trip date.[click to continue...]
DialMyCalls offers a church calling service that is used by thousands of religious organizations all across the United States and Canada. Pastors, churches and religious organizations rely on our service to send out a automated updates and notifications to an entire congregation at once. Churches utilize our service to send out community event reminders, weekly church updates, prayer requests, fundraiser notifications, and much more. Let's take a quick look at how First United Methodist Church of Unadilla NY utilizes DialMyCalls:
Why Did 1st UMC of Unadilla Need a Church Calling Service?
Connect with the community for special events. First United Methodist Church of Unadilla, NY needed a church notification system capable of contacting 350-450 contacts at once.
Why Did 1st UMC of Unadilla Choose DialMyCalls?
"We were looking for a change in services due to an increase in price with the current solution and DialMyCalls had a good price and we decided to give it a try."
What Features Do 1st UMC of Unadilla Utilize?
First United Methodist Church of Unadilla, NY utilizes our phone polling feature to ask their congregation members questions via automated phone call -- keyed in responses are recorded into detailed call reports.[click to continue...]
It can be hard for modern churches to stay engaged in their communities, especially as the culture surrounding our society continues to change. Too often, churches retreat into their own bubble - interacting only with other churches and their own congregations, and leaving the communities in which they're located totally out in the cold.
Church leaders have a responsibility - a duty! - to share themselves and the word of God with those around them. And in this article, we'll take a look at 7 simple ways to do so.
1. Community Events
Lots of churches have events that are hosted on their grounds for their congregations - events such as 4th of July parties and other celebrations - but these events shouldn't just be for church members. Next time your church is having a celebration like a cookout or a party, consider opening it up to the rest of the community.
Post signs around the church neighborhood and tack up posters to telephone poles and shop windows. Post about the church event on Facebook and "share" it with friends - do whatever it takes to get the word out.
The church doesn't have to push an agenda at these events. You're not trying to convert community members - you're simply looking to show them how God acts through the church, and be an example of his grace.
You'll be surprised at the community reactions you'll see when you do so - being honest, open, and allowing all to come to your events can create quite a bit of good will, and spur some folks into learning more about your church, and your beliefs.[click to continue...]
If you attend church on a regular basis, then you’ve probably noticed that many churches are modernizing their approach to worship and congregational gatherings. While most churches still hold physical worship services, many are also dabbling in online media, podcasts, and live streaming services. But what does this mean for the future?
Top 5 Types of Church Technology
When you think about church, technology probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But take a look around and you’ll see that technology is making major moves in this industry. And despite some friction and pushback from certain individuals and groups, it appears that the technological disruption is largely positive. Here are a few current tech trends for churches:
1) Online Media
In an age where a lot of small and local businesses have yet to fully realize the potential of online media, churches – by and large – are strategically allocating resources to this important area of visibility. This includes website development, social media, and video production.[click to continue...]
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