Do you want your mystical teachings of jesus to grow? Are you reaching the people looking for a church just like yours? Some of those folks are looking in your area for the first time and yet others for a variety of reasons are looking for a new church home.
If your church is like many organizations, you don’t have a large marketing budget to spend on marketing. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things your church can do to promote itself. All it takes is being creative by thinking a little bit out of the box to get some fantastic returns on your marketing budget. Here are 7 ideas that should help build your membership if you do them consistently. More importantly, do them in excellence! Are these the only ways to market your church? Absolutely not!
- Send Out Press Releases REGULARLY! – Press releases are one of the biggest sources of free publicity for your church. One of the most effective (and cheapest) ways to get your message out about your organizations special event or activity is to regularly provide press releases to the local paper and radio stations. These organizations are hungry for content. You just need to provide it to them. Complile a list of all of the outlets in your area. Don’t forget to try and find out who handles your section of the paper and sent it to that person directly. Learn how to write a good press release.
- Email Signatures – How many emails do you send out each day/week/month or year? Many of those emails go to non church congregants. Each of those provides an opportunity for a little promotional “commercial” if you will about your church. An e-mail signature consists of text and/or pictures that are automatically added to the end of an outgoing e-mail message. Email signatures are automatic and once set up require no effort or thought on your side. They provide a powerful opportunity for you to provide your organizations web address and a tag line that promotes what your church is all about.
- Plan a Special Event! A special event held at your church can either let people know about your church and what it stands for or even reinvigorate awareness of your church. How does that work you ask? Special events give your current members a reason to reach out to friends/co-workers to experience your church. The thing you need to remember is to make special events special. Provide spacing in terms of time between events.
- Promote a different ministry each month. Your church can be viewed as one large group that is composed of several smaller groups or ministries. Sometimes called Love In Action Ministries, you may have groups within your church that get together regularly that are focused on niches within your church. Some of these groups are or can be Youth/Teens/ Men’s Group, Women’s Bible Study. Book Study Groups, etc. Each one of the ministries in your church contributes in some way to the growth and outreach of your church. Don’t think that just because these groups are ongoing in your church that everyone knows about them. Promote one group each month weekly.