WHY AM I HAVING TO FILL THIS OUT?
Practically speaking, we have lots of avenues to communicate and a lot of things to communicate. This form allows us to have a central place where we can store promotional information. That means you as the organizer do not have to duplicate information when you want to partner with us to promote an event.
Spiritually, our purpose as the church is to worship God by SHARING the GRACE of Jesus Christ. With this in mind, we have certain convictions about the way we communicate.
1. We desire that the Gospel is the number one thing we communicate to everyone.
2. We give priority promotion to our church's outreach events & discipleship programs over community events in order to keep the priority of SHARING the Gospel first.
3. We believe that in order to communicate clearly we must not "over communicate." We all recognize it is easier to remember a list of 3 things versus a list of 10 things. Therefore we want to make sure that when we need to communicate many things to many people we are organized and purposeful in doing so.
DEADLINE: To ensure that there is room in the bulletin for your announcement, we would encourage you to submit your request as far in advance of your event as possible.
INCLUSION: All requests are reviewed before publication. We reserve the right to edit your announcement for length and content, if necessary. Due to a large number of events advertised throughout the year, it may sometimes be necessary for us to shorten the duration of your announcement or not promote your event.
It is strongly requested that all announcement requests have Ministry Area approval before submission. This will cut down on any conflicting announcements.
Please make sure that your event is booked on the church calendar BEFORE this request is submitted. If an event is not on the church calendar – the announcement WILL NOT run.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Announcements should be directed to the entire congregation (or large subsets of the congregation). Information for small target groups can be disseminated by letters or phone calls – rather than church-wide.
CONTACT INFO: Your announcement MUST include contact information. Please do not instruct people to call the church office for more information about your event. Please double-check phone numbers and e-mail addresses for accuracy.
BULLETIN INSERTS, FLYERS, & POSTERS: As a rule – we will only include bulletin inserts or posters for church-wide special emphasis events. (Example: Season of Sharing)
DURATION OF ANNOUNCEMENTS: Announcements will generally run for no longer than two weeks. (The week before and the week of an event).
OUTSIDE EVENTS: We generally do not advertise events sponsored by outside organizations.
SIZE LIMIT: If your event has a limit on registration/attendance, please include this information up front. Events that have limited open space will not be publicized as they can best be filled by individual communication.
FUNDRAISERS - All fundraisers must be approved by the stewardship committee before they can be promoted within our church building.
WHERE WILL EVENT INFO BE AVAILABLE: When approved your information will be displayed on community bulletin boards, our church website, and by our NEXT STEP Volunteers. (Events that clearly aid in our mission & strategy may also be placed in the bulletin and announced from stage).
We hope the above information will help you as you plan the advertising for your scheduled event. If you have any further questions about these guidelines – please call the church office at 336-476-6258.