Although secular media generally glosses over the spiritual component of Christmas, this holiday is one of the most important religious celebrations for Christians of nearly all denominations. This means that during the holiday season, churches have a lot of activity going on. Winter festivals, Christmas church services, holiday potlucks, and other occasions can bring in a lot of people. During this sacred time of year, it’s important to keep your church connected. Not only do you need to communicate with your congregation, but church staff and volunteers also need to stay in touch with one another. Here are some of the best ways to keep your clergy, staff, volunteers, and congregation, connected this Christmas.
1-Put Out a Weekly Holiday Bulletin
Weekly church bulletins are a great way to keep everyone informed about upcoming events, services, charity drives, and other seasonal events. Not only can you hand out printed versions at church services, but you can also gather email addresses so you can mail out a digital version. These days, almost everyone has an email address they check regularly, even seniors.
2-Keep Your Church Website Up-to-Date
Your website is another place where you can keep your congregation up to date on everything that’s going on this season. You can include a schedule that shows when church services take place, as well as announcements about upcoming events. A volunteer or a staff member can update the site when needed. If you don’t have a website yet, it’s a good idea to create one. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Services like Wix and Squarespace make it easy to create attractive, user-friendly sites without coding. Also, many young web developers are willing to do free or reduced-cost work for charitable organizations like churches.
3-Use Social Media for Your Church
Social media is another place where you can connect with your congregation online. Many modern churches have social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. It’s a good place to put announcements and reminders, as well as answer questions from church members.
4-Create the Right Media Mix
There are many forms of communication that your church can use, both digital and physical. The right mix will be able to reach everyone in your congregation. Younger people tend to favor email, websites, and social media, while older members lean toward physical mailings and phone calls.
5-Use Phone Call or Text Message Church Event Reminders
When an event is coming up soon, you can also send out mass texts or phone calls that remind people about it. One of the best ways to do this is by using a group messaging solution. One company, DialMyCalls, offers a convenient web and mobile app making it easy to send out bulk SMS text messages or phone calls, and letting you reach your entire congregation without needing to call each person individually. With DialMyCalls, you can send out scheduled event reminders that help bring more people than ever before.