Browse
Gashland Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a Juicys Winner - Missions Display

Gashland Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a Juicys Winner - Missions Display

Posted November 18, 2015 by Jerod Clark

The Project: Interactive Missions Wall

It can be tricky for a church to find relevant ways to connect members to the missionaries the congregation supports. Gashland Evangelical Presbyterian, a church of 325 in Kansas City, Missouri, found a way to make the connection process more interactive. The church got rid of a sparsely decorated, rarely updated board and created an interactive lobby focal point.

“We wanted members in our congregation to be able to put a face with a name and be able to contact them and encourage them in their work,” explains Ministry Communications Administrator Marilyn Jennings. “Ultimately, we wanted this to be a place where all of God’s work through our missionaries, local missions partners and our own internal missions efforts could be highlighted.”

 

The Process

A wall display features a map with printed cards about each missionary.  There’s an interactive program on an iPad that allows people to learn more, watch videos from a selected missionary and directly send them a note of encouragement. Additionally, there are spaces to feature individual missionary initiatives and a cabinet to collect any goods they might need to do their work. The mix of paper cards and technology was an intentional decision to make sure members of all generations could connect.

But building this interactive space wasn’t the only change in sharing missionaries’ stories. Gashland added smaller, satellite mission boards by the entrances to worship spaces. On the first Sunday of every month, during the service they show a video where a missionary is speaking directly to the congregation. Plus, the church shares specific mission based prayer requests each week.  

The new mission lobby display seems to be working.

Marilyn says, “We have seen an increase in awareness and in giving for our collections recently and it is due to the increased visibility of our missions collections, local partners and missionaries. We have a church community that values the individuals and has a heart to connect with those we encounter on a deeper level.”

 

What We Liked

Oftentimes missions work can seem like a far off, side project that a church does. Gashland was not only intentional about consistently communicating how mission dollars were at work, they also gave clearer paths for how congregants could support their missionaries. The missions lobby display is well designed, simple to understand and embraces technology to ultimately build community between the church and its missionaries.

 

Up Next

Gashland has a couple ideas of what they want to do next. First, they want to improve signage all around the building to help people navigate the church better. They also want to improve their “Engage” welcome centers by providing extra training for volunteers to better serve guests.

Filed under: Church Juice, The Juicys, Communications, Screens, Signage

About the Author

Jerod Clark

Jerod joined ReFrame Media in 2007 and built Church Juice from scratch. He poured all his passion for branding, marketing, and messaging into the ministry, publishing e-books, blog posts, and speaking at conferences to help churches energize their communications. He also served as ReFrame’s in-house graphic designer. Before beginning his work at Church Juice, Jerod was a local TV news reporter. In 2016, Jerod stepped away from the ministry to pursue interests in marketing and communications on new horizons.

Don't miss a post

Join our email list

Comments (3)

  • Janneke Huisman
    1:25 PM
    Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    I really like this! We are serving here in the Balkan, while our churches are both in Canada and the Netherlands. I blog: Jannekeonderweg.nl (mostly bilingual) and that is a great way to stay in touch. Blessings!

  • Stefan John
    5:29 PM
    Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    This is awesome work!!  Great job!!!

  • Margaret Rae
    9:39 PM
    Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    I really like the bold, clear graphics and colors used. Amazing work! God bless!

Leave a Comment

Share your thoughts about this blog post with us.
All fields are required.

Recent Posts

How to Have Better Announcements by Sunday
How to Have Better Announcements by Sunday
0

Posted August 14, 2018 by Joel Schaap

It is possible to pull off great announcements this weekend, and a great way to start is by avoiding these five common potholes.
Before You Ditch The Paper Bulletin Consider This
Before You Ditch The Paper Bulletin Consider This
9

Posted August 9, 2018 by Jeanette Yates

Paper bulletins serve a purpose and can actually help your digital strategy.
Church Bulletins are Awful
Church Bulletins are Awful
10

Posted August 7, 2018 by Ernesto Alaniz

Church bulletins are a drain on resources, an ineffective way to communicate, and a obstacle to gospel mission.
Is the Church Bulletin a Sacred Cow?
Is the Church Bulletin a Sacred Cow?
4

Posted August 2, 2018 by Bryan Haley

What role does your church bulletin play in the church’s overall communication strategy? Do we have the bulletin because that’s how it’s always been, or can it be an effective communication tool?
3 Things to Do Each Week In Your Communications
3 Things to Do Each Week In Your Communications
1

Posted July 24, 2018 by Carrie Evans

Here are three basic elements that church communicators should include every week in their communication plan.
Marketing Is Not a Bad Word
Marketing Is Not a Bad Word
2

Posted July 19, 2018 by Chris Hunt

Words like marketing sometimes turnoff pastors, elders, and board members. Isn’t marketing a business term? What does marketing have to do with church? Marketing is not a bad word. Marketing is about making a straight path so that your ministry happens.
I Notcied a Typo inn the Bullitin: Let’s Talk About Making Mistakes
I Notcied a Typo inn the Bullitin: Let’s Talk About Making Mistakes
6

Posted July 10, 2018 by Dave Hartwell

As church communicators, our work is out in the open: we write web copy, bulletin announcements, social media posts, and mass emails. Every once in a while, we make a mistake. Mistakes are inevitable; how we deal with them isn't.
Juicy Website Winner 2018: Hope Church NYC
Juicy Website Winner 2018: Hope Church NYC
0

Posted July 4, 2018 by Bryan Haley

Hope Church in New York City is The Juicys’ 2018 winner for the website category. Here’s what makes Hope’s website great.
The Power of Facebook Events
The Power of Facebook Events
0

Posted June 25, 2018 by Ernesto Alaniz

Facebook events are a cheap and easy way to get your church’s event in front of your entire community.
6 Social Media Tips for Your Church
6 Social Media Tips for Your Church
0

Posted June 21, 2018 by Bryan Haley

Social media is a great tool that churches can use to build and expand relationships, as well as a tool for outreach. Here are six tips to help your church utilize social media better.