July 24, 2023
Many faith communities understand the importance of their members staying connected with one another outside of services or church activities. And printed church directories are the perfect way to do that because it not only provides an easy-to-use listing of members and their contact information, but it also is an inexpensive way to provide this timely and necessary information to congregants.
While many aspects of our lives have shifted online, printed church directories are an excellent tool to use that can even become cherished keepsakes for members to hold on to for years to come.
Keeping in touch with one another throughout the week between services and church activities is a lot easier when members can access comprehensive printed church directories. But printed church directories can help attendees and even potential members with a variety of tasks, too.
Youth and children’s activities are easier to navigate with a directory so parents can be in contact with other parents, quickly access addresses or phone numbers, or even easily find group leadership information in a church directory. And congregants searching for leadership names and contact information can find what they need quickly in printed church directories.
Printed church directories can be a tool to assist newer members as they assimilate into a new church family as well. Church history or a church’s mission statement can be included in the directory so that new or potential members can better understand their new church home’s beliefs or tenets of faith. They also offer a way for new members to conveniently put names and faces together.
Printed church directories can also be very beneficial to members when connectivity is a concern. Since no online access is needed to access printed church directories, a printed book is helpful to members who do not utilize online databases or websites frequently, are not internet-savvy, or those without reliable online access.
Deciding what to put into printed church directories ahead of time is a real time saver with an inclusive form.
Create a basic form for members to fill out to assist the directory manager and plan to collect them when pictures are taken or when photos are submitted for printed church directories, making it simple to put together a directory with complete information on each family or individual in the congregation.
Helpful Hints for an Effective Form:
1 Consider doubling up on the form’s usefulness by using the opportunity to ask members if they want to opt out (or in) to any church participation in printed church directories like having their name(s) included in any group sections in the book.
2 Provide a space for cell, home, and work phone numbers and a way to mark the primary email address for each family.
3 The form is a great spot to remind members that contact information in the directory should only be used for personal reasons. Doing so will reassure members that their personal information will be respected.
When undertaking a project like a church directory, many congregations decide to include additional content that will make the directory even more helpful for members of their congregation. Project managers may want to consider creating a section about the congregation’s or faith tradition’s history.
Printed church directories are a great location to introduce leadership team members to congregants since newer members may not know large teams or be familiar with their families. A directory can also list active groups or organizations within the church body. The directory can provide members with a general introduction to the group, names of those in charge of the organization or even a list of those who participate in the group.
Many churches also put a page about the congregation’s youth or children’s ministries in their directories. This section can give a general overview of the program, details about the typical activities that are offered and also introduce the leadership teams or teachers for each group.
Many congregations printing a church directory often also incorporate other touches that turn their helpful book into a treasured keepsake for members.
Undertaking a directory project can be overwhelming, but working with an experienced printing company like Publishing Xpress will help. And project managers can be assured that their directory will look beautiful because it will be made with quality materials when they entrust their church directory printing to the printing experts at Publishing Xpress.
The digital printing process allows for a quick turnaround for church directories so you can continue to build strong relationships within your congregation by making it easy and convenient to stay connected to your church family with your new directory.
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