Podcast Episode #098
Announcements in the church service may seem like a trivial issue. But for many churches, they carry great importance in how they are made, when they are made, and by whom they are made. So today, Jonathan and I explore this topic and how it relates to churches communicating what’s important for their congregation to know.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- In churches, redundancy of communication is important.
- I went to a church service recently and a business meeting broke out.
- Announcements made during a worship service are often of utmost importance and for large audiences.
- Pastors are often pressured to make certain announcements for certain people in the church.
- Announcements made by the pastor from the pulpit carry more weight and emphasis than others.
- The placements, style, and vehicle for announcements is a major issue of how a church communicates.
- More church leaders do not think announcements should be a part of the worship services.
- Large churches (700 and up in average worship attendance) are highly unlikely to have announcements as a part of the worship service.
- Smaller churches (under 200 in average worship attendance) are very likely to include announcements as a traditional part of the worship service.
- Video or projected announcements have grown commensurate with the growth of projected lyrics during the worship music.
- With greater frequency, pastors limit making announcements unless they are a major or visional issue.
- More congregations limit announcements before or during the worship services to those issues that affect most or all of the congregants.
- Many pastors are still asked to make announcements right before worship services begin.
- Pastors also receive pressure from different groups and individuals to make certain their announcements are made.
- Most church leaders believe that the retention rate of announcements by members is low.
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