Communication Contest Deadline Approaches

4/11/2016

From a revamped website to a newly discovered shortcut or app, churches that share their “Best Idea” in the upcoming weeks might receive a prize and recognition at Annual Conference – but more importantly, they can help other congregations leverage the power of effective Kingdom communication.
 
Scrambling to get their messages heard, churches are launching complex web sites, printing brochures, expanding their bulletin, using video, social media and face-to-face communication to reach their audiences. The church is having to face an information-crazed culture. Leaders are realizing they need a few “smart systems” to cut through the clutter.
 
People need to be reachable before they are teachable, yet most feel they are overloaded with communication. How can they be reached? Great communication strategies help churches make a connection to the community and invite people into a place where they can experience changed hearts and lives.
 
How is your church communicating in a way that facilitates better communication? How are you getting members to take an active role? How is your church attracting visitors or engaging laity or the youth? What are you doing, offering, or saying that encourages life transformation, meets a need or raises awareness of an issue that impacts many?
 
What is Working for You?
The Communications Committee of the Texas Annual Conference is seeking to highlight “best practices” in congregations of all sizes across our region. In last year’s inaugural contest, one church submitted a movie/Bible study that attracted dozens of guests from the community. Another told about a pastor’s video blog (vlog) that allowed members and residents to learn spiritual truth in an authentic way. One of the entries featured a special video, and there were others that highlighted a special anniversary that yielded news coverage, and another that gave the insider view of a highly successful stewardship program.
 
“We know that the Texas Annual Conference is known for its leadership on many fronts,” notes Communication Director Paula Arnold. “We also know that there are pockets of communication greatness in our congregations and we want to celebrate those and share them with others to foster new ideas and creativity in the local church.”
 
How Can You Enter?
Entry Deadline: April 25, send an email to April Canik at acanik@txcumc.org, or package with your sample newsletter or project to the Conference Communications/attention April Canik, 5215 Main, Houston Tx 77002. Winners will be notified prior to Annual Conference at the end of May.
 
Description of your Communication Project (be as specific as you can):
(How was this idea developed? What did you set out to do and why? Was it well received?)
 
Entrant’s Name/Role in the Church:
Email/ Cell phone contact info:
Church Name/Average worship attendance: