Church Newsletter Poll

September 25, 2006 by

What sucks about your church newsletter?Last week we asked about church newsletters, the sanctuary for modern clipart. But apparently it’s the church newsletter that’s endangered. 35% said had no church newsletter. The remainder cited the cheesy clip art (22%), the layout (16%) and the bad writing (12%) as making their church newsletter sucky. 11% claimed their church had the best newsletter ever.

I always thought church newsletters were mandatory. You learn something new every day.

This week we ask about the ol’ church van and what should be printed on the side. Personally I’d like to see an air-brushed version of “The Last Supper,” but that answer didn’t make the cut for our poll.

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10 Responses to “Church Newsletter Poll”

  • The Aesthetic Elevator
    September 25, 2006

    I didn’t vote in this poll because I don’t know what to call what I get from our church. It comes to us on Sunday morning, but it’s not a bulletin. They call it a “communicator.”
    The one we still get from our old church is actually pretty good — family news, articles written by competant people in the congregation, missions highlights. The design, however, needs some attention.

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  • mike scott
    September 26, 2006

    We have weekly bulletin that is on point. Clean lines (NO CLIPART!) and appropriate graphics. Our newsletter is quarterly so a lot of thought and focus goes into it. We have artistic minded people that are professional and pull this thing off the right way..

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  • Melissa
    September 26, 2006

    Just curious–of those of you who have a newsletter, do you use a printed one or an electronic version? I send out our E-News every week, and while I think the layout and content are decent, I often feel like nobody reads it…

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  • Sherri Swain
    January 22, 2007

    while I agree that 99 percent of church newsletters are ugly and ineffective, why did you stoop to using such a sordid euphemism for your name? The attempt at “cutting edge” is such a good witness.

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  • Mike
    March 13, 2008

    just wondering how many send out a weekly newsletter vs email and cost savings, effectiveness, etc.

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  • Matthew Armstrong
    October 7, 2008

    I design websites and newsletters for churches and found this poll interesting. Most churches that have newsletters don’t realize that the fresh visual elements (or lack there of)say more about their content than their new articles and text updates.

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  • Elliot Olson
    June 10, 2009

    My church is in the process of creating and distributing an e-letter. We are designing the pg in the form of an interactive pdf with links. We are using a company called constant contact who offers a free 60 day trial to distribute and organize our contacts. We haven’t started the service with them quite yet, but we are going to before next month. We are using CC by attaching a link to our pdf vs sending it out our selves. if you have any questions or advice please email me.

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  • di
    November 10, 2009

    I posted a question on my blog, requesting ideas you’ve found effective for your church newsletter. If you have ideas, please share

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