A basic rule in planning a mission is…‘If we do something, God will do something; if we do nothing, nothing will happen’. The most effective way to ensure that people come along to your outreach event is to personally invite them along. There are three things we can all do to help ensure that people come along to events that we have put so much effort into organising.
- Firstly, we can PRAY – ask God to show us who we can invite to an event so they hear about His love for them.
- Secondly, we can personally INVITE people – One way of doing this is simply to say “I’m going, it’s going to be good, would you like to come”.
- Thirdly, once we’ve invited someone, BRING them along - offer them a lift, so they arrive with a friend rather than alone.
Once we’ve personally invited people, then use other means of communication to remind people about what is happening and when and where, so producing posters and invitations can help reinforce the personal invitation. We've included some A4 posters below, which you could enlarge for notice boards; reduce to use as flyers or include in your parish magazines or notice sheets.
Here are things that we hope will help you to communicate, both with the people you invite to events and on social media.
Below are some templates and event posters that you can print, or reduce to A5 for flyers or magazine pages.
- Template poster that you can adapt for your own use for an event is here
- Template poster for a Men's breakfast for you to adapt as you wish is here.
- Template poster for a "Grill a Bishop" evening for you to adapt as you wish is here
- Logos for Blackburn Diocese including the Vision logo can be found here
Social media and websites
- Make sure you promote your outreach events and Mission Weekends on your website homepage (if your church has a website).
- Social media
- On the build-up to your event and throughout the event itself, you should maximise the use of social media - for example, to profile events and engage with people to introduce them to Jesus.
- If you have a church Facebook page and Twitter account for example, make sure you post details about your events and respond to any requests for more information. The same goes for any other social media you are using, such as YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr.
- If you use Twitter, follow @cofelancs and for maximum impact please include @cofelancs in your tweets
Other advice to 'Get Your Church Noticed'
Following the 'Get Your Church Noticed' training day, in Summer 2016 with Ronnie Semley and Neil Pugmire, his colleague from Portsmouth Diocese, there is lots more useful, common sense communication information and advice available from the communications pages of the website here
Mission Preparation Guide
To help parishes prepare for Crossroads, a Mission Preparation Guide was produced and sections of this will provide useful guidance for planning any future outreach events or mission weekends. You can download the full copy or individual sections here.
Praying for Outreach Events
To help pray for Crossroads, you might like to use the resources produced by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York at the Thy Kingdom Come website, especially Pray for 5 Friends. You can find more resources and information to help you pray or organise prayer events at www.thykingdomcome.global or on our website here.
A template was prepared to help plan mission events and will be helpful in planning future events. If you want a copy then please click here for a version to download and complete, or here for a pdf version that you can print out and handwrite.