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What are the best sources for church programming?

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Some of the best sources for church programming are local church governance councils, church elders and congregations. In addition, if your church doesn’t have an office or staff that develops programming, you can work with other churches to learn how they develop new presentations.

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The point of programming church services is to make religious content and church perspective more accessible to the people attending services. Also, services must be geared to keep established members involved in church life and attract new members at the same time.

One consideration when searching for sources of church programming is how conservative your congregation and parish are. Although some churches are accepting of very contemporary styles and elements, many prefer very traditional programming. If you’re tasked with developing programming for a conservative church, start with members of your own congregation and the offices of your parish, synod, archdiocese, etc.

Churches that seek to develop contemporary programming find that they have also developed needs they haven’t had before — such as help with video and music production and information and other presentation graphics for sermons. In addition to asking other local churches how they develop programming, try online sites like ForNewChurches.com, which offers information and examples of videos and graphics on its “Free Worship Service Programming Resources” page.

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