A Bulletin Announcement

In a day and age where the traditional church bulletin is on its way out, I have discovered some clergy still like them. Here is why:

“Pastor, I have this amazing new ministry that I would love to announce in church some Sunday!”

“Really?” (Translation: “There is no way we can ever give up church time to make this announcement, even if your ministry cures cancer.”)

“It is this incredible new ministry called _______________. It came to me while sitting in the waiting room at Hartville Health and Wellness before seeing my amazing chiropractor, Dr. Chip.”

“Wow! I have a better idea. Let’s put it in the church bulletin!” (Translation: “I am afraid to hurt your feelings that we can’t give your ministry “air time,” therefore we will put it in a document that only 2.7% of our people read.”)

“Really! That would be great. Thanks!”

“Not a problem.” (Translation: “If she only really knew.”)


~ by Dave Smith on February 12, 2009.

3 Responses to “A Bulletin Announcement”

  1. That Hartville Health and Wellness must be one inspired place 🙂

  2. A lot of “Wild Geese” fly over Hartville Health & Wellness Centre…or, so I am told. Be that as it may, which is the more purgatorial relegation of an announcement, the tradtional church bulletin or the typical church web site?

  3. Nice question. Probably hinges on what you mean by “typical”, but I would say most church web sites lack the interaction and social meaning that users are seeking. If that is the case, then they probably sit at the same level of effectiveness and user interation.

    Good observation…and troubling implications related to the funds spent on paper and used for the development of a web presence (a presence that may be “present but unaccounted for.”)

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