more on making good announcements

Friday’s post accidentally ended up behind Thursday’s for awhile. If you missed it, be sure to check it out! Here’s Part 2 on the same idea…

For this week’s Fridea, I threw out several ideas to consider for making any weekly announcements you give a little more engaging. Nothing’s rocket science here, but some of these things might fit your college ministry – OR get you thinking about something else that will.

Here’s that first post. And today, a few more ideas:

6. Exposure redundancy. Not everybody is an auditory learner, and even those who are can be helped by the visual. So if your announcements are only spoken, they’re not as engaging as they could be. I’m a big fan of making announcements redundant – add something to the screen behind you (if you have a screen), and hand out an announcement sheet when students come in.

The latter suggestion – about the announcement sheet – also gives students an opportunity to read the announcement items later in the meeting or even back in their dorm room. Hooray for a little redundancy!

7. Trim where you can. Of course, one of the reasons we (and our students) struggle with (or struggle through) announcements is that there’s sometimes so much. Limiting our announcements as much as we can will therefore make the remaining ones more engaging.

Be realistic: If none of your students will actually make plans based on your announcement about a retreat coming in three months, does it have to be announced this week? Sure, building hype is great… but maybe only when you have the room in the announcement lineup.

8. Believe! Do you believe that what you’re announcing really matters? Do you believe that it’s purposeful, that it’s exciting, that it’s eternal? You should, because it is. (And if it’s not, well, that’s a bigger problem.)

Whoever is delivering announcements should believe that what they’re announcing is super-important. Pray it through. Spend time thinking about these announcements. If the events you’re announcing serve true ministry purpose, they are no “less spiritual” than the teaching that happens at your Large Group Meeting.

If the announcer believes this is important, it’ll show. (And they’ll put the effort into preparing for these announcements in a way worthy of that importance.)

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4 Comments

  1. Love your thoughts about believing in the announcement. I think if your staff and student leaders don’t fully “own” whatever you’re announcing then you for sure better think twice about announcing it.

  2. Chris – thanks for sharing those. They’re fun indeed – and happily “low-budget.” It really is very possible to make something fairly easily that will grab attention better than the college minister reading from a list. :)

    Matt – amen. We need more “gut-check” rules like that, and I think that’s a great one.

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