How did it start out?
When I inherited the ‘announcements’ part of my job I was very overwhelmed. The process for receiving announcement requests looked like this:
The problem with this process was that it wasn’t really a process. Announcements were something we tacked on at the end of service. Most events and programming are central to a church and are INVITATIONS TO COMMUNITY and should be treated with that level of importance. With that in mind, a new way to do announcements was crafted.
What were the next steps?
The next steps were actually initiated by our Pastor. He had the great idea that we should audition a “Voice Announcer”… folks who would let the congregation know about what was happening in our community from week to week.
Having a Voice Announcer solved two problems: it stopped on the spot platform announcements (from every ministry who had an event coming up) and it signaled a time during service that gave space to the events and ‘invitations to community.’
After a few months of the Voice going off with a hitch I put together an announcement proposal called Live in 5 Plan.
This plan had the crazy goals of
1) taking our announcements to video format
2) under 5 minutes and
3) only 5 announcements; a huge task for a 8,000+ member church.
What’s beyond this?
Over the next few blog posts I’ll be taking you through the step-by-step process I created to get us to Video Announcements.