Tips from Calvary Lutheran Church of Perham
Go Ape Over MailChimp!
If your congregation has ever “monkeyed around” with automated mass emails, MailChimp may be just what you need. At Calvary, MailChimp delivers weekly announcements and sermons to members and friends. MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. It’s like your own personal publishing platform. There’s even a “Forever Free” plan which allows you to store up to 2,000 subscribers and send up to 12,000 emails per month. Learn more about MailChimp.
All members of Calvary with email accounts are automatically subscribed to The Wire, an email list hosted by our local internet service provider. It’s a great way to inform members of immediate needs and news. You just type in one email address and the message is broadcast to everyone on that email list. Your internet service provider can give you more information or you may want to use an email list offered by web based services like Google or Yahoo.
Members can subscribe to an email only version of The Calvary Connection, which is a color newsletter in PDF format (which means you can also print it or save it on your computer’s hard drive). An e-newsletter can serve you better with links to much more information according to your interest. They are also a super way to “go green.”
A web site can be a great way to inform and engage those first encountering your church as well as its members. Calvary’s web site offers visitors links to worship webcasts, sermons, weekly announcements, calendar, monthly newsletter, photo/video albums, daily word and Bible search, Council minutes, Annual Reports, Men’s, Women’s, Youth News, Education News, Service Opportunities, signups for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Worship Helpers, and subscriptions to the weekly worship webcast, announcements, sermons and monthly newsletter.