4 Easter Promotion Hacks to Drive Attendance

We are just a few weeks away from Easter! This is one of those days in the calendar when people are willing to invite their family and friends to attend your church with them.

This year we are adding some new components to our communication plan with our people. We’re still doing direct mail, in service announcements, invite cards, PR push, social media, and text messaging but these are newer items that I think we’re going to get some more traction out of. I’m looking forward to seeing these new tools in our approach help us reach more people this year!

  • Daylight Saving Reminder Card // On March 3rd we’re going to have 4×6 cards inserted into every program that will remind people to “turn their clocks forward” the following weekend … on the back of each of those cards is a “save the date” reminder that Easter Sunday is on March 31st.  This card will ask them to be thinking about who they will be inviting this year.
  • More Radio! // Yesterday we launched a weekly 30 minute radio program. (I know … welcome to 1960s ministry!)  Our data tells us that radio has been incredibly effective in attracting first time guests to our church.  So we are deciding to do more of it this year. [Listen to the first episode.] The cost per minute of radio time is incredibly low. For the month of March we will not only be running our normal teaching production but accompanying that with lots of encouragement to attend our services with some family and friends. How can you use “old media” to connect people to your church? 
  • Digital Tools Galore // For these “big days” we generate a wide variety of digital invite tools for people. If our people change their facebook profile image to something we provide it generates conversation with their friends. For this Easter we’re going to max out the varieties of these pieces. We want to make content that is easily sharable on whatever social platform our people prefer!
  • Impact Testimonies // The four weeks leading up to Easter we’re going to feature “impact testimonies” on our facebook page.  These will be short articles talking about how being involved in Liquid has made a positive impact on them.  These stories will also be accompanied by photos of the people. Although there isn’t a direct correlation between this content and “please invite your friends to Easter” … it does remind people that good things happen when people connect with our church.

What are you doing this year to help get the word out about your Easter services?  I’d love to hear about it! We’re always looking for great ideas to help us communicate with our people.

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Rich Birch

Rich Birch

Thanks so much for dropping by unseminary … I hope that your able to find some resources that help you lead your church better in the coming days! I’ve been involved in church leadership for over 15 years. Early on I had the privilege of leading in one of the very first multisite churches in North Amerca. I led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 4,000 people in 6 locations. (Today they are 13 locations with somewhere over 5,000 people attending.) In addition, I served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. I currently serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. I have a dual vocational background that uniquely positions me for serving churches to multiply impact. While in the marketplace, I founded a dot-com with two partners in the late 90’s that worked to increase value for media firms and internet service providers. I’m married to Christine and we live in Scotch Plains, NJ with their two children and one dog.

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comment_post_ID); ?> I am a senior citizen who has lived in many areas of the US, the farthest south being Virginia DC area. There are several church plants in the area--some failed, some doing well. One of the sadist failures was a plant in NW Washington near a large Presbyterian Church (I had been an elder in the church, so I knew the area) where changes in church doctrine was driving many away from the PCUSA churches. There were many mature Christians who lived in the area who were very willing to participate and give generously to the church. Its failure was a loss. The pastor and his wife lived in a VA suburb, wanted something that would appeal to their tastes, which included "praise music". There was a professional piano teacher and several people who had sung in choirs in the area. Their suggestions were completely ignored. Forget that there was joyous participation in singing hymns and silence by many for the praise music. The experienced church leaders that were attending were expected to seek the wisdom of the pastor who did not live in the area rather than have any role in leadership. There is another church plant in Northern Virginia that seems to be going the same way. My take: the pastors should get past their high-school and college days culture and get to know and appreciate the people of the community. Do not try to reproduce Intervarsity or Campus Crusade. Hymns are not a sin and "uneducated" (never graduated from college) should not be ignored as uninformed or stupid. People who have served in and/or live in the area are needed in leadership and not just to serve coffee and give. We all need to pray together and serve God in the community in which there is to be a plant. Glenna Hendricks
 
— Glenna Hendricks
 
comment_post_ID); ?> I like it Mac and do agree with your opinions on the matter. Thanks much
 
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comment_post_ID); ?> In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
 
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