6 ideas to help your church become a better communicator of specific needs:
[Let's use the following need as an example: replacing old, faded, worn-out carpeting]
- Be specific - explain to your church body exactly what carpet needs to be replaced. Is it really all the carpet in the building, or maybe just in the front lobby and hallways?
- Use Visuals - numbers, graphs, pictures, video. Map out how many square feet and locations in building where carpet will be replaced. What is cost per square foot, and total cost of replacement carpeting and labor.
- Before and after pictures - show pictures to the church body of how bad the carpet looks right now next to a picture of a new carpet sample. This would probably have the biggest impact of any of these suggestions.
- Get it in writing - mail out letter, church bulletin insert, email with specifics, numbers, and pictures. Clear communication to your church body is always a good thing.
- Demonstrate a track record of fiscal responsibility and oversight. Use committee team lay leaders to reassure the people that money given will be spent wisely and for the specific need.
- Testimonials - find someone in your church who has been impacted by church decor. For example, when they first visited your church, they were immediately impressed with a clean, well maintained facility, and this was possibly one reason they decided to join your church. Think about this: how many restaurants do you avoid because they're dirty and unpleasant to eat in? Atmosphere and ambiance do matter to many people!