Ignored Announcements

Every congregation I have served has included a time for announcements prior to each service of worship (in one parish the timing varied and such would occasionally shift to the end of the service).  These verbal announcements are easily ignored and usually ineffective.  Recognizing this I have previously shared some best practices, mentioned the 80% rule as one way to cut down the number of verbal announcements, and even passed along a hyperbolic description of announcements as one of the Read More …

The 1 Minute Worship Service

Gold Hill Lutheran Church is an ELCA congregation in Butte, MT that averages just over 130 people in worship each Sunday morning.  Their pastor's one minute worship service (January 12, 2014) has gone viral.  It took less than a week for the video to reach 1 million views.   So What? Timothy Christensen's announcement was initially misunderstood by many as having been the full worship experience.  In the days since, numerous corrections or updates to blog posts, tweets and Read More …

No Verbal Announcement for ____

At some point during the worship service most congregations include a time for verbal announcements.  This content is often reinforced by printed material in the bulletin/worship guide and/or data projected on a screen.  While those responsible for the success of just about any and everything that happens on the church campus often desire a verbal announcement, most opportunities simply do not deserve to be highlighted in that manner. Phil Bowdle, Communications Director at West Ridge Read More …

Announcements in Worship

Alan Rudnick, pastor of First Baptist Church (Ballston Spa, NY),  recently wrote about constructing a theology for announcements in worship.   He suggests that announcements belong in worship if they "serve a greater purpose: to connect people into greater opportunities of Christ-like community life."  Additionally, Rudnick encourages people to reconsider announcements as being made in non-verbal forms, delivered by a solid communicator (ideally the same person every week), celebratory, Read More …

Church Announcements = Epic-Fail

Adam Stadtmiller's recent post, "The Epic-Fail of Church Announcements," explores a problem that deserves far more attention than it often receives.   Stadtmiller offers this hyperbolic analysis of the problem: Nothing in the history of Christendom, save perhaps the Second Crusade, rivals the ineffectiveness of the church’s ability to accomplish an intended purpose more than the medium of in-service announcements. So What? Regardless of denominational affiliation (or non-denomination Read More …