Bulletin Examples: Katrina McMillan & Celebration Baptist Church

Bulletin Examples: Katrina McMillan & Celebration Baptist Church

September 16, 2019 by

If there’s one thing church communicators love to hate, it’s the church bulletin. Some have tried to kill it, but the rest of us just make do. We decided to talk to some church communicators and see how the bulletin is working (or not) for them.

Today we talk with Katrina McMillan, the communications director at Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla.

Our goal before services start is for our people to be connecting to each other, not burying their heads in a piece of paper.

What do you love about your bulletin?

We call our bulletin the “Take-Away” to encourage people to take the cards home with them instead of leaving them in seats on a Sunday morning. Also, it is made to be read in less than 90 seconds. Our goal before services start is for our people to be connecting to each other, not burying their heads in a piece of paper. Our bulletin is a simple 4-inch by 6-inch postcard. One side is a pre-printed advertisement for our church app. Then each week, we print the barebones details about upcoming events and announcements and point people to our app for all the details.

What would you change about your bulletin?

Our ultimate goal is to go totally paperless! We hope to encourage people to use our app as the place to find all the information they need. Our current postcards are a step in the journey to paperless Sundays.

Is there anything unique about your bulletin that other churches don’t do?

The fact that we gear ours to be read in such a short period of time is probably pretty unique.

How is your bulletin process working these days? How have you improved it?

We’ve streamlined the submission process a lot in the last nine months. When people submit something to be included in the app, it also goes on the schedule to be listed on the Take-Away. We limit events to being listed for only three weeks prior to the event—unless it’s an event with a higher price tag (youth camps, mission trips, etc). Those we allow more lead time so people can prepare to spend the money if they want to.

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Kevin D. Hendricks


When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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