Every publication is unique, but there are several different styles commonly used for bulletin layout.
Which style is best for your church?
When choosing a layout, first and foremost, consider the amount and type of content necessary. Is there a lot of important information that must be included? Choose a design that keeps the text clear and readable. On the other hand, if you have room to spare, you will probably have more flexibility in your bulletin’s design.
Next, think about your organization’s culture. Is the parish conservative and conscious of tradition? Or is the church progressive and up-to-date with current trends? Perhaps your congregation falls somewhere in the middle? The design should reflect your parish values and interests.
Third, consider your technical abilities. As an editor, you are responsible for working within a regular deadline to gather articles and assemble them within your template. Be honest with yourself about your comfort level in using a more advanced layout, which may include grouped images, master pages, various font styles, tabs, etc. With practice you will become a pro, but if you feel stressed at the thought, perhaps a simple, traditional layout would be a better starting point. You can always redesign the publication at a later date once you feel ready to take on a new challenge.
Finally, remember that there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to bulletin design. Any of the above options can be transformed to fit your needs!