We live in an age of browsers. People flip across TV channels, click through image-based web pages and flip through glossy magazines. So how do we get noticed? How can we make sure our church activities, events and people catch the attention of this busy, visual world? How do we help our members to be walking advertisements for a healthy, vibrant church?
100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed gives tips and advice on ‘publicity’ in the normal sense – websites, posters, parish magazines and media liaison. It also covers strategic planning, the look and feel of our church buildings, and ways of interacting with the local community.
The book was originally published in 2006, but has been fully updated to reflect recent developments in social media, responsive websites, mobile apps and more. The official launch of the second edition of the book took place in November 2014.
Some of the reviews are here:
“100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed should be in the possession of at least one person in every church in the land. Literally it is so packed with ideas I’d suggest just opening it at random and doing whatever it says on that page. Want to spruce up your noticeboard – this tells you how. Need to recruit a welcome team – look no further. Want to do better posters – Pugmire’s your man. This isn’t a glamorous book but it is profoundly useful. This may be sad, but I’ve taken to reading a chapter a night of this book. I found myself in need of the services of a pen and notebook, and am already making changes at St Cuthbert’s, North Wembley, where I am vicar. This book is a snip. If you buy it and act on what it says, your church will be a better gospel church and community and it will grow. Plus you will have more fun doing church.” Steve Morris, Church of England Newspaper
“This should be viewed as an essential handbook resource for every church in the land. It is very readable, unpatronising, jargon-free and ‘dip-in-able’. I can thoroughly recommend Neil’s book.” Caroline Evans, St David’s Diocese, Church in Wales
“Very excited that Neil Pugmire’s book, 100 Ways To Get Your Church Noticed is out – it’s the best resource on church publicity I’ve ever seen. Do get a copy if you want people to know about your church!” Eleanor Course, communications officer, York diocese
“It really is packed with good ideas. You’ve done a magnificent job. I liked the easy-to-digest chapters, the very helpful layout, and most importantly the challenging ideas which manage to stimulate thought without patronising at all!” The Rev Tom Kennar, rector, St Faith’s Church, Havant
Neil Pugmire worked for nine years as a regional journalist and is now a communications adviser for the Church of England. Contact him here.
You can buy the book direct from Church House Publishing website here.