Getting the Most from Announcements
When I was in Royal Ambassadors there was a song that we sang preceeding the “announcement portion” of our meeting. The words were,
“A horrible way to die, a horrible way to die, a horrible way to start the day, a horrible way to die. Announcements, announcements, a horrible way to die.”
Okay, maybe I did not sing that song. But, my point is that while most ministry leaders deem announcements as the number one way to communicate important information to the church, the recipients of those announcements feel quite differently.
To prove my point, I conducted a small, albeit non-scientific, experiment once at my own church. Immediately following the church service, I asked people what the two announcements were for that day. Not one single person could tell me what was announced. Not one.
So how do we capitalize on having our entire church seated in one place, at one time? Because let’s face it, the days of simply reading announcements and expecting action are over.
Here are tips on how to maximize your announcement time –
- Have the Senior Leader teach the announcements as a part of the message.
- Use video. People like watching movies and television shows. Make simple videos with crisp and clear messages. The beauty of videos is you ensure the announcements will not go over and you can re-use them throughout the week on your Internet places.
- Train and develop children and teenagers to give announcements. It is amazing, stick a child or teenager on stage, and people listen.
- Or, don’t do announcements from stage at all. Instead, instruct people to receive information on events and ministries by visiting information centers, web site, Facebook, etc. (Note, if you go this route, make sure these communications channels are constantly up-to-date and user friendly.)
How do you maximize announcements in your church?