Vibrant Parish Toolkit

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How to Welcome the Stranger This Advent

In order to capture the people who come through our doors this Christmas, we all need to work together, from staff to parishioners, to create a welcoming environment. Here are five ways your faith community can “welcome the stranger” this Advent season.

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Little Ways to Brand Your Parish

When it comes to branding your parish, you have the usual suspects — a logo, a sign, and a website to match. But aside from that, there are still many, many ways you can brand your parish for a total cohesive look both inside and out.

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How Church Connection Cards Can Help Grow Your Parish

No doubt, your parish welcomes a variety of visitors each week. And while you can’t always spend a great amount of time introducing yourself and asking where they’re from, it’s essential to somehow capture their information. Church connection cards can help.

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How to Plan for a Successful GivingTuesday Campaign

Although GivingTuesday is nearly two months away, it’s time to start planning for ways in which to take advantage of this global giving campaign for your parish. From free resources such as flyer templates, customizable email copy, and social media images, there are many ways you can customize this international campaign to your parish.

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How to Grow Your Recurring Giving

Recurring giving is a great way to ensure that your church ministries will be funded. But according to statistics, only a small percentage actually make the commitment to have their gifts automatically deducted. Here are a few ways to encourage parishioners to becoming regular donors.

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Naming Your Parish Ministries

If you decide to get creative with ministry names, make it easy for a new or prospective parishioner to understand who the group is for and what it does. The best options will be ones that show purpose without much explanation.

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6 Ways to Build a Healthy Church Blog

Just like the church bulletin is a great source of information on your way out of Mass, a blog does that and more. It offers readers a quick hit of faith and the chance to easily engage through the parish’s website and social media channels. Here’s how to get started.

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Why Your Parish Needs a Volunteer Onboarding Process

While it’s essential that people offer their time and talent to your parish, it’s equally important that they do so in the correct way — you need a volunteer onboarding. Read on for tips to consider the next time you have someone giving their time and talent to your parish.

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Marketing Your Church Is Not a Sin — Here’s Why

While it may seem superficial to spend time thinking of, planning, and implementing marketing strategies for your parish, it’s actually one of the most important things you can do to bring people through your parish doors — here’s why.

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How to Use Smart Goals to Grow Your Church

The goal of any parish is to spread the Good News of Jesus to as many as possible — easier said than done, right? Every parish should take the time to set goals in order to grow their faith community. To have a goal, you need a plan to reach it. Enter the SMART Goal.

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Building Belonging: Hosting a New Parishioner Welcome Event

A parish isn’t an institution, it’s a community! When new arrivals move from visitor to parishioner, there’s cause for celebration. Hosting a new parishioner welcome event is a great way to show them they belong in your community. Read on to discover tips to planning one.

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Helping Parishioners Take the Next Step

Sundays have changed a lot in culture over the years. What once was a sacred day for faith and family, a day that nourished and refreshed for the days ahead, has become like every other day of the week. For those who do show up to Mass on Sundays, all too often it’s one and done. We are not a Sunday-only Church! We’ve compiled a few essential ways to help your parishioners re-integrate faith and life. 

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