Announcing the “Best Idea” Communications Contest

Date Posted: 1/22/2015

What worked well in 2014? We are so interested in what communication efforts are generating positive responses that the TAC Communications Committee is hosting a contest to find out -- and the winners will receive prizes – and be announced at Annual Conference.
Communication is critical to church vitality. And, communication successes come in all shapes and sizes. For example, Reverend Glenn Taylor, Springfield UMC and Union UMC believes that placing a vinyl banner at a busy highway intersection near the church this year led to record numbers at the Christmas Eve service. “They’re not cheap but they were effective,” he shares.
Regardless of size, all churches have similar challenges in trying to encourage and inspire existing and prospective members and neighbors. The TAC Communications Committee will be reviewing the submittals and determining the winning entries.  The committee consists of 9 volunteers who enjoy helping the conference communicate more effectively, as well as the local church. “We would love to know how we can help the local church more in 2015 and would love to know what went well for your communication efforts that others might benefit from hearing,” says committee chairperson Jill Krone. “Communication is challenging these days, and we believe it would be helpful to share stories, projects and ideas that are working.”
When you consider 2014, did you have an idea or communication strategy that generated a particularly positive response? Adds Jill, “Did stewardship or attendance at your church increase, for example, or did communication help your church expand volunteer involvement or interactivity? Your success might be that you started a Facebook page or did a special video for your church anniversary. The members of our committee welcome ideas and success stories that we can share across the conference. We will pick several winners, award prizes, and congratulate them at Annual Conference this May.”
Send this information (labeled with your name and church name) to April Canik, Cross Connection editor, at the Conference office via mail at 5215 Main, Houston 77002 or email to by April 15, along with a picture or sample, if one is available. Address questions to April at 713-416-6837
Church Name/Address/Phone/Website:
Submitter’s Name:
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…?
PS. What is your biggest ongoing communication challenge? _____________