Announcement Timing: When to Schedule Announcements in Your Church Service

Announcement Timing: When to Schedule Announcements in Your Church Service

September 26, 2018 by

Announcements are kind of the worst, aren’t they? In most worship services, the pastor wants more time to speak, the band wants more time to play, and the congregation sure doesn’t seem to care what your executive pastor has to say about next Sunday’s bake sale for your missionaries in Thailand.

And yet, all your ministry leaders complain that their thing never gets enough stage time. And even though you’ve mentioned it—and printed it and made a video about it—for 12 consecutive weeks, your congregation doesn’t seem to have any recollection of your Awana start date.

What a time to be alive in church communications.

At my church, we’ve tried a few different techniques with announcements:

  • Beginning of the service: Sometimes we kick off the service with what we affectionately refer to as “verbals.”
  • Middle of the service: Other weeks we plop them in the middle of the service during the offering.
  • End of the service: Sometimes we hold off and do them at the very end of the service.

Sometimes we have a strategy for why we switch it up, and sometimes we don’t (oops).

There are pros and cons to each. We dive deeper into those in our How to Schedule Announcements resource.


This is one of the resources our Courageous Storytellers members get access to. We’re sharing it with you as a sample of the super-practical resources available to members. Check out our other announcement resources and considering joining Courageous Storytellers.

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Matt Ehresman

Matt has worked in church communication for the past five years where he oversees basically anything anyone ever sees at First MB Church in Wichita, Kan. His wife Tillie dances in the street, sings her sentences, and is an excellent mother to their daughter, Heidi. Matt is also our membership director for Courageous Storytellers.
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