Your church is more than just a house for worship. It serves to represent your community, meet local needs, and help improve the quality of life for its members. These types of responsibilities require financial help, mostly in the form of weekly donations from the parish. If your weekly turnout for mass has been on the decline, you need to begin looking at new ways to inspire your congregation to make it to church and contribute to its growth.
Your church is like a small business. There are costs you need to absorb in order to keep it going and provide the services that your community needs. To keep up with those needs and keep your Sunday pews full try looking for fun ways to get younger community members involved.
Look around at the faces during your next mass. There is a good chance you will recognize all of them. What is missing from church services are new members. Young church members infuse new life into a church. They bring celebratory events like weddings and christenings. In order to make your church a rock of ages, you have to find ways to get new church members into your pews.
To build church attendance you need to start with getting to know your community. Organize a fun community event such as a car wash to raise funds for a local charity. Use your broadcast messaging service to send a mass text message to your entire parish letting them know of the date and time of the event and invite them to bring friends. Hold a contest for the dirtiest car in town and offer door prizes for signing up on your contact sheet. You need to be an active presence at this event, shaking hands and inviting new people to join you at your next mass.
Find out what interests your younger community members and then offer weekly classes. DialMyCalls has a polling system that will make this easy for you. Look over the results displayed on your broadcast report carefully and choose a few of the most popular choices. These don’t have to be religion-oriented classes. Instead, hone in the interests of your community and offer classes in cooking, karate, or even parenting for the young families. This encourages your community to start to bond together in a new environment. Your younger members are becoming active members of your church community which will spill over into your Sunday mass attendance.
Organize field trips for your congregation to places and events that they will enjoy, but would normally not attend. Baseball games and picnics are great summer outings you and your church members can enjoy, while tree lighting ceremonies and movie nights would be fun events in the winter. Don’t rely on church bulletins or even reminders from the pulpit to let your community know about an upcoming field trip. Be proactive and use your broadcast message system to send a voice message giving details about who to contact to join you on your trip.
Just as your presence in the outside community increases, their willingness to participate in yours will become evident as your church’s attendance begins to rise. The growth in weekly donations will help you to make improvements in your church that will in turn help it to continue moving upwards.
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