EffectiveChurchCom.com provides a sample church bulletin that it cites for excellent design and layout, and unSeminary.com provides 17 examples. Each of these 17 bulletins illustrates an idea that can help improve church bulletins, according to unSeminary.
The example on EffectiveChurchCom.com uses a single 11-by-17-inch sheet of paper and includes both the order of service and weekly announcements. It also includes a list of upcoming events and space for congregants to take notes on the sermon. Only one side of the bulletin uses color ink. EffectiveChurchCom.com has additional sample bulletins and ideas for creating successful bulletins.
Carefully choosing images for the bulletin that highlight ideas the church wants to communicate can help draw the interest of parishioners who aren't likely to read large amounts of text. Duplicating images or slides from announcements during church services can reinforce important messages. Limiting content in the bulletin to only the most-significant announcements and events helps ensure that people are not overwhelmed by the amount of information in the bulletin, states unSeminary.
Other ideas include integrating response cards that make it easier for parishioners to respond to requests in the bulletin. Providing a comprehensive order of service helps newcomers follow along with the service and feel more comfortable. Including a contact list for church leaders can also be helpful.