Archive for November, 2008|Monthly archive page

Guide to the Giving Talk

Each week in our services, we receive an offering (you don’t ever take an offering by the way).  Before we do that, someone from our church explains what is happening.  We don’t view the offering as a tacked on element, but we try to plan and prepare it just like we do the singing or the sermon.  We want to connect the time of giving to everything else that is happening that day.

Here’s a 2-page PDF Guide to the Giving Talk that we put together to make sure that people on stage know exactly what should happen during this 2-3 minutes of our service.

guide-to-the-giving-talk

Killing the Connection Card

About ten weeks ago, we made the decision to kill the handout and connection card in our services.  No handouts, no fill-in-the-blank communication cards.  We’re pushing people to the Next Step area where there is a real person, and to the web and weekly email where there are all the announcements.

We’re still evaluating, but I thought I would update you on one facet.

For the previous ten weeks, we’ve gotten information from an average of 9.8 first time guest families.  This happens when they check in kids, stop by the Next Step table, or write a check.

For the ten weeks before that (when we had the connection card in our services), we had an average of 9.36 contacts a week.

Our attendance has gone up a little bit during that time, so it’s not exactly a wash, but it’s pretty close.  We will keep tracking some stuff and seeing what we can learn.  Having no handout and no connection card in a church like ours is kind of risky, but we haven’t seen a big backlash or a huge drop in information collected.

Fountain of Truth Resources

Here’s my message notes and the graphics for the Fountain of Truth series.  We talked about Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Catholicism and Christianity.

Here.