Church Bulletins Poll

July 31, 2006 by

Last week we asked about the ubiquitous church bulletin, the communication staple of churches everywhere. Well, apparently not everywhere, as 6% said they don’t use a bulletin. The standard Xerox bulletin took the lead with 44%, followed by the fancy-schmancy types with 33%.

If you want to know more about church bulletins, check out the discussions in the Church Marketing Lab, including thoughts on bulletins, color bulletins and 11×17 bulletins.

Since we just celebrated our two-year anniversary, we thought it’d be fun to get a sense for how long people have been checking out CMS for this week’s poll. With 50 votes in we have a ton of first-timers out front with 38%. Welcome to the madness. Those of you who are new might want to start with our new heart and soul series at our non-profit parent, the Center for Church Communication, on Why We Do What We Do.

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8 Responses to “Church Bulletins Poll”

  • Andrew Block
    July 31, 2006

    Hey, I think this site is really cool. In fact, I would even say it generally doesn’t suck. Oh, and our church uses a fancy-schmancy bulletin.

  • churchlady
    August 2, 2006

    Our church members demand a bulletin. Just a week ago, it appeared thathad been hit by the Bulletin Bandit. Not a one in site! It seemed to our members the world was coming to an end. How could we possibly have “church” without a bulletin. However, it appeared our pastor had removed the bulletins temporarily .. taken them home on Saturday night.. and was late coming in for Sunday morning activities. (Don’t even ask why…) The “Young at Heart” members… almost went into cardiac arrest for lack of a bulletin. My response, as secretary.. looking into their forlorn faces.. and their hands on hips….everyone standing outside their Sunday School classes… “Guess, what? God’s still on the throne.. and yes, we are still going to have church. Everything will be alright!!!” Church .. get over it! Bulletin Dependancy is a close relation to Reserved Seats… don’t even think about sitting in some of the seats of long-time members.. know there’s a good topic!

  • churchlady
    August 2, 2006

    There is also something to be said for typos in church bulletins…

  • Gene Mason
    August 4, 2006

    Our bulletin is just 6 pages of promotion, some contact info, and a welcome tear-off, really. Often I feel we’re giving people too much “stuff” that is possibly distracting from the services. Anyone doing anything REALLY EFFECTIVE or INNOVATIVE with the bulletin? I’d love to repurpose ours somewhat.

  • the_methotaku
    September 2, 2006

    Well, my church uses a bullitain with a news insert. The bullitain itself is necessary to follow the service. We don’t have any special welcome packet for visitors- we’re small enough that the weclome comes from the church!

  • Linda C
    December 30, 2007

    We are re-camping our bulletin, and I came here looking for innovative ideas, and although the content here is not exactly what I was looking for, I’m glad I landed here because the site is so good! Not to mention the comments.

  • preacherslady
    November 21, 2009

    I understand what your website is trying to do, however, your title is offensive. Why join in the trashy titles to get your point across.

  • preacherslady
    November 21, 2009

    I understand what your website is trying to do, however, your title is offensive. Why join in the trashy titles to get your point across.

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