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Announcements Are Dead: Is There Another Way?

 —  June 4, 2012 — 8 Comments

Announcements are dead. There, I said it.

OK, maybe not totally dead, but on their last legs because we’ve been killing them for years in our churches and youth groups. Simply put, if you bore people they’ll tune out. If you treat the announcements as an afterthought, your students will as well. If you have too many anouncements, they’ll hear the first one, then die a slow death as you drone on for the next 12 simultaneously forgetting the only one they remembered for a few fleeting moments. Is there another way?

Split up the announcements
If you HAVE to have more than 1-2 announcements, split them up to give people a breather from the information barrage.

Work the announcements into the message
Sometimes there is a way to ‘hide” an announcement in the message – like talking about the Spring Break mission trip during a talk about selflessness, serving, etc.

Use the screen and/or bulletin
These are the tools for announcements, but too often the effort and planning required stop us from doing it. Change your systems to utilize them.

Make a creative video
A video grabs attention like no other. Study your students faces next time you give announcements vs. a creative video.

Use your small group network
Instead of using a shotgun approach with announcements what if you considered communicating with your leaders and having them encourage students to attend an event. Think of it as a personalized push rather than a mass announcement.

Facebook for the win
Social media … when used right, is unstoppable. Never tell people they should Tweet or Like something – create something so incredible and life-changing they have to Tweet.

Snd a txt msg
We hve a txt list tht goes out 2 a tn of stdnts. Gr8 wy to kp ppl n the knw.

What are other ways to help fix announcements or another great way to get the word out?

JG

Josh Griffin

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8 responses to Announcements Are Dead: Is There Another Way?

  1. here is the way we do announcements every week.

  2. Mobile App… We just designed a mobile app to help with a daily contact with members. Announcements are updated weekly. The Happening This Week Tab replicates our bulletin, PPT, web-site, and our accessible Google Cal.

  3. I love this post.

    We actually just finished an entire SCHOOL YEAR without making a single announcement at our Sunday program – no joke. Numbers were up at all of the events, retreats, and other things that we would typically announce. I guess that proves that they are (and were) hearing about everything through other means of communication anyway.

    1. Facebook events with simple registration pages for landing.
    2. Postcards for big events.
    3. Actually calling people to invite them to stuff.
    4. Very occasional letters to parents.
    5. Targeted emails.

  4. @aaron that is INCREDIBLE! I want to do that! JG

  5. or you could head over to DownloadYouthMinistry and buy this awesome e-book. http://downloadyouthministry.com/shop/ebook-making-announcements-awesome/

  6. For us, it started as a three week experiment. We didn’t announce the JrHi overnighter for three weeks, but we did all of the other stuff the same. The result? It was still our biggest one ever. Really took a burden off of worship planning since EVERYTHING became centered around the message.

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