What does your yearly church event planning look like? Is it a few pastors and ministry leaders gathered in a room comparing calendars? Maybe you just take last year’s calendar and change the dates. Or maybe you skip the planning meeting altogether and just figure things out as you go. The planning process can be daunting. And it’s very easy to get bogged down in the details. What follows here is not a quick-fix solution. It’s not even a list of absolutely essential church events. Every church is different. And in the end, your church calendar will take on the unique character of your church. It won’t work as a formula. But it might work as a guide to be more intentional about your church calendar.
A few months ago, we were proud to announce the launch of our new website. And over the past few months, we’ve been thrilled to see hundreds of churches take advantage of the products and resources on the new site. So what’s new on the new ProChurch website? We’ve updated some features, and we’ve added some brand new features as well. Let's take a quick tour of the new site.
When people first come to faith in Christ, they need to understand the basic gospel truths about who Jesus is and what He came to do. And they need to respond to those truths with repentance and faith. But they don’t need to understand everything the Bible says. That understanding comes over time, as they grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures. And as they grow, they don’t need to go back and question their faith at the beginning. God is simply opening their eyes to see more of the wonder of His plan of redemption. They’re building on that faith, not replacing it. They’re like the little child who learns for the first time about the wiring in the wall. This new information doesn’t take away from the experience of flipping that light switch. It adds to it.
We need to talk about your church bulletin. I know that probably doesn’t sound like an exciting conversation. In fact, maybe you think it’s about as much fun as organizing the junk drawer in your kitchen. But if we’re honest, that’s a perfect metaphor for most church bulletin covers. Too often, the church bulletin cover is the junk drawer of church communication. Everything just gets thrown in, and no one wants to sort through the mess. So it just sits there week after week. Something new may get added every once in a while. But the reality is that no one ever looks forward to opening it. It doesn’t have to be that way. Your bulletin can be an essential part of your church communication.
Every week, first-time visitors walk into churches in your city feeling awkward and out-of-place. They don’t know when to stand or sit. They don’t know the songs your singing. They don’t understand the different parts of your worship service. In general, they just feel out of place. Of course, that’s not what you want for them. You want them to feel welcome. You’re thrilled that they’ve decided to visit. In fact, you’d love the chance to follow up with them and get to know them better. But to do that, you’re going to need their contact information. But that’s the problem. Getting first-time visitors to fill out your visitor card is not as easy as it sounds.