Third Annual “Best Communication Idea” Contest: Call for Entries

Date Posted: 1/13/2017

Share your best communication idea to give other congregations inspiration for 2017 – and get recognized at Annual Conference in the process!
 
‘Tis the season to “show off a little bit.” When it comes to communication in the church world, there are ongoing challenges for churches of all sizes. That’s why we want to hear some success stories and share them with others to boost their effectiveness regardless of size or location. BONUS: This year there are new categories.
 
“Best Idea” Contest 2017 Guidelines

What?            
The Communications Advisory Committee of the Texas Annual Conference is hosting a friendly competition to solicit strategic communication ideas from local congregations. Tell us about a communication-related idea or initiative from your congregation that has had a positive outcome.

Why?             
Participants can ‘pay it forward’ by sharing their success stories and reading about other winning ideas, and winners will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Conference and in the TAC Cross Connection newsletter.

When?           
Send one-page entry explanation and sample (if applicable) by March 15, 2017 to TAC Communications, 5215 Main, Houston, TX 77002, Entries can also be emailed to acanik@txcumc.org.
 
Complete this form
Submitter’s Name
Church Name (and average worship attendance)/Address/Phone/Website:
 
Category Entering:
Describe your communication success and the response it got:
Was it an event, video, special project, web or digital initiative, printed piece, new procedure, revamp or…?
What was your role?
 
PS. What is your biggest ongoing communication challenge? _____________
 
How? 
Pick a category and send or email your information.
Categories
I.   Web/Social Media

II.  Photography/Video
III. Print
IV. Free Form 

Judging criteria will factor in size of church as well as (1) use of creativity, (2) ministry/storytelling effectiveness, and (3) overcoming obstacles. Please note if any part of your information is copyright protected.
 
Feel free to review previous winning ideas here.
 
Prizes will be awarded, in addition to recognition at the May Annual Conference and in summer editions of the Cross Connection.
 
Communication is critical to church vitality. “We know our congregations are doing amazing things to communicate their message and stories to their members and communities,” says Committee Chairperson Kelsey Johnson. “Our committee would love to know how we can help the local church more in 2017 and would love to hear about some effective communication initiatives as well.”