As I develop a communications strategy for my church next year, I've been considering the role of our weekly, printed newsletter. I'm considering questions including:
- What information should it contain?
- What size should it be?
- How frequently should it be published?
For some time now, I've been collecting examples of other church newsletters and bulletins. I share them with you below to provide ideas and inspiration to help us all improve our newsletters. I've also included some thoughts about what I like about each newsletter listed below.
The Bridge Church
It's short and punchy, with short blocks of text, and clear contact details for staff and upcoming event information.
Crossway Baptist Church
Includes the church's Bible reading plan, warm and concise information for newcomers, plus information about the environmental impact of producing the bulletin!
Christ Church Inner West
Includes prayer points for link missionaries, plus news targeted at newcomers and members. CCIW has also made their service booklets (order of service) available for download.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
It's six pages and quite text heavy, but there are some meaty articles for regulars and newcomers to get their teeth into.
All Saints Petersham
This newsletter is available in print at the service, and via Issuu afterwards. It's a quarterly newsletter with lots of photos, interviews with members, a post event wrap-up, photos of the staff, and even a crossword!
St Paul's Anglican Church
This newsletter makes use of sermon artwork, has details of the service for this week and next, contact details for ministry leaders, and lots of other church news. Perhaps the most comprehensive and content-rich newsletter in the list.
St Paul's Anglican Church Ginninderra
Includes a ‘thought for the month', and a history of one of the ministries of the church, as well as a summary of proceedings at the recent Parish Council meeting.
Lower Mountains Anglican Parish
A collection of prayer points, plus a mention of a member who had won a major songwriter's prize! I think it's great to see a newsletter sharing family news.
Bethlehem Baptist Church
Includes a calendar for the month, memory verses, congratulations, ‘missionaries of the week', and an article – ‘Discerning Idolatry in Desire'.
They also produce a newsletter for women's ministry.
Tenth Presbyterian Church
Includes an order of service, a warning about not taking the Lord's Supper seriously, and a ‘project of the month' – amongst a range of other useful details.
Stonebriar Community Church
A full-colour magazine-style newsletter, with articles from several of the staff, and a calendar that's broken down by audience.
Church of the Open Door
Includes a preview of what to expect in the coming months, plus catching up with members who no longer attend the church.
Crossroads Christian Church
I love the optimism on this newsletter – it includes a tear-off slip for newcomers, and the first check box says ‘I'd like to become a Christian'!
Willetton Christian Reformed Church
Includes details of members celebrating their birthdays (a nice personal touch!), and the church rosters.
Seen any other electronic examples of church newsletters? Please post links below.