Service Planning: Sermonized Announcements

Even the most Oscar-worthy announcement risks a thumbs down response, no matter how well it’s done. In some circles, the idea of movie announcements in church is as sinful as the organ, drums and guitars have been (or even still are?).

Service Planning: Sermonized Announcements
Can we get listeners to view announcements as opportunities to serve God? And once recognizing that, can we encourage them to participate?
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6. If you have a Welcome Packet, give a summary of its content, highlight special additions and where to get one
7. Connect the mission and vision to this sequence of worship
8. Connect to a sermon point if possible; or scripture; maybe note “This is why we do these events …”
9. Point out the bulletin and refer to key items of the day to be addressed before leaving, and those to read at home
10. Invite the audience to a special activity not listed in the bulletin such as a class; when possible, highlight a topic
11. Mention any available sermon support material — a CD or order, web connection, or study notes
12. Pray, giving thanks for participation and reminding that contributions today underwrite ministries as the ones mentioned;
13. Invite your offering collectors to begin.

The sequence may seem long, yet has purpose, based in research:

• Long-time attendees may go through these motions by rote, forgetting the importance of ministry service.

• Newcomers don’t know the “rules” and may feel out of place. In anticipation of growth, assume each week has new people.

• If you have a video or audio ministry, telling people about the existence of this media for further study on today’s topic is more ministry uplifting and less commercial.

• A special class invitation may pique the curiosity of a person who would like further study, but doesn’t know what’s going on.

If the repetition annoys regulars, ask how many times they’ve seen their favorite “I Love Lucy” rerun. Research also points out it takes several “touches” or reminders for people to latch on to a concept, especially to comprehend a church’s mission or vision. One church mentor has said, “About the time you’re tired of hearing, it is the time the people start getting it.”

We return you now to your regularly-scheduled reading.




More About Michael Edgar Myers
Michael Edgar Myers has been serving in performance ministry for more than 25 years. He is the founding director of Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries which uses music, theater, and multi-media to inspire Christ-followers in their walk with Jesus Christ, and those who are curious about Christ to embrace a relationship with Him.
Get in Touch: mem@kit-ministries.com    More by Michael Edgar Myers

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The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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