Do you want to get good at making better church announcements? Here are some real practical tips to help you put people at ease. After all, that is what announcements are for, letting folks know what is happening or going to happen in the future.We must always remember, informed people are happy people. This is especially true with young families raised in the Information Age. Think about this:
- Wise church leaders know, when folks are uninformed of the next step in an event, they are uneasy. You do not want you attenders silently asking themselves,”What is going on here?” You want them to feel like they fit in to the “flow”. Remember uninformed people are filled with tension. The world has plenty of tension already. Let’s make sure church is as tension-free as possible.
- Never let announcements become unimportant. A huge part of leading a church is the management of the events and projects. Preaching and teaching is always super important, but well thought out announcements can help your church to run smoothly and flourish. Preaching and teaching is tied to truth, but announcements are tied to the application of the truths taught. In many ways, it is the message put into motion. Take time to think the announcements through and place them in the best category below. (For a quick lesson on how to make boring announcements read Part One of Announce It!)
1 + 4 Announcements
1. The Pre-Announcement-
This is the quick 10 second announcement that lets folks know you are about to begin, but you are not quite there yet. It sets the mind at ease and most importantly lets folks know you have things under control and are leading them in a process. Examples are:
- “We will begin in about two minutes. If you need the restrooms, they are out the back and to the left.”
- “We will be beginning in just a few moments. There some more chairs up here on the right.”
- “In just a few moments we will be getting started. Please remember to silence your cell phones.”
The pre-announcement should be aimed at the crowd in general and not really carry much content. It is very important is setting the tone that you are concerned about the comfort of your listeners.
2. Early Announcements-
- A Welcome- Never forget to be courteous and connect with your audience. If you are the main speaker it is very important for you to take a sentence or two and use it to create that important communication bond.
- The Thank You- Always be grateful for attendance.
- The General Theme: You picked a great day to attend. We have a powerful lesson on “faith today from the New Testament book of James”
- “There will be a dinner after church today….”
- “Immediately after the service, we will have a quick meeting of the parents whose kids are going to camp, etc…”
3. Mid Service Announcement-
- “That was great choir number. If you like to get involved, just see so-in-so…”
- “Before we open our Bibles, let me thank you for the great turnout at the evangelism class, men’s meeting, food distribution, etc…”
4. After Message Announcements-
- “Tonight after church, we will be having the business meeting as noted in your bulletin”
- “Remember, our Monday night discipleship class is postponed until next week.”
- “Please be careful on the way home. It has snowed quite a bit during the service today.”
- “We will begin our after church dinner in about ten minutes”
- “Don’t forget. I need all the parents up here for a quick meeting.”
5. In-Sermon Announcements-
- “…and that is why I am so passionate about things like our men’s Bible study we have every week.”
- “…and speaking of servanthood. As a pastor, I so appreciate all of the folks that made meals for the Smith family as they have been going through their recent loss.”
- “… and because we believe so much in evangelism, I want to give you all a personal invitation to the soul-winning seminar we are conducting here at the church next Saturday morning”
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