12-29-2006 09:48 PM
My questions are: 1) How effective has your CC been as opposed to your old hardcopy method of weekly or monthly church communications.
2) Has readership increased? In general, has an electronic newsletter improved your church communications?
I'm really looking forward to trying this out.
New Covenant UMC
01-28-2007 04:51 AM
I have worked with a couple churches who use CC are thrilled with the results.
One of the things I suggest is that you don't do away with the hard copy just yet but add it as an Adobe PDF file link to your CC newsletter version so that you give the option to those who still want to print it out on their own. I would also suggest you place an Adobe PDF link of the hard copy on your churches website for download. I would then mention in the hard copy newsletter that there is an Adobe PDF version of the newsletter on the church website and give the link of where it is located.
Kinda give you the best of both worlds.
One last thing would be to do a poll of your church members to see how many would like to get the church newsletter by email instead of postal mail.
One way to do that is to use a website like http://www.surveymonkey.com/
Hope this helps
Jeffrey Alexander Brathwaite
2 The Next Level, Inc.
02-05-2007 08:32 PM
We are working with a Christian denomination in Arizona that has begun using CC e-newsletters instead of frequent printed newsletters, and they are very happy with the savings. They have not done away with printed materials entirely, but have reduced the amount of printed communication materials. They save both on printing and postage. They are also quite happy with how easy it is to send out weekly communications via email & CC. This may not work for all churches and non-denominational orgs, but it has been a big plus for this denomination. Email marketing has become an integral part of their communication lines. I am not sure if readership has dramatically increased, however, there has certainly not been a decrease in readership.
03-07-2007 01:42 PM
We have a few who are not on the net yet, but mostly that's not a problem.
03-07-2007 01:42 PM
If you aren't using CC - you are missing the boat!
We love it!
Assistant to Lead Pastor
Rock Creek Church
PS to Mark - you can lead a horse to water... the people that will want to find out about what is going on will read it and those that don't - won't no matter what method you use. Unlike a snailmail newsletter, you can see who has opened your CC e-mail and that gives you an idea of how many are reading it as opposed to mailing it out and having no clue if anyone is reading it or not.
03-07-2007 02:05 PM
03-07-2007 02:11 PM
I would to to see what everyone else is doing. We actually post our newletters on the website and use contant contact as a link so that it looks snazzy going to the members.
03-07-2007 02:41 PM
Previously we tried to send out snail mail newsletters quarterly, and Im sure everyone knows how much effort is involved in that. We now reduced our snail newsletter to twice a year (don't recommend doing away with this entirely because believe it or not, not everyone has email, especially if you're dealing with lower income folks and elderly, plus some people like just good old fashioned paper). We use CC now to send out a monthly e-newsletter, plus I archive the newsletters on our website so people can view previous events. For the serious inquirer who is considering attending your congregation this really helps them see what the Body life is like.
When our previous rabbi, who just stepped down, came down with terminal cancer, we began using CC to send out updates to our people (I created a subcategory for this). In a serious situation like this it was necessary to communicate to many people quickly. CC enabled us to do that.
For a small congregation of less than 100, we have approximately 300 on our email list and another 300 on our snail mail. Considering we've had 25 years to get our snail mail up to that number, its an amazing thing that our email list rose that high within just a few months.
B'rit Hadasha Congregation, Memphis, TN
03-07-2007 02:49 PM
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
03-07-2007 02:58 PM
We have found two things. One - communication is much better and more people are involved in things. Two, since we always spotlight "this week in Worship..." our weekly worship attendance has increased by about 20%. People know what's going to happen or be taught in worship and they don't want to miss out.
Our children and youth pastors are getting ready to start using CC in their ministries.