Richard Reising visited Ivy today, and gave some great input which I’m going to be pretty much directly quoting from my notes on and putting out as a series of posts on CHURCH MARKETING…
I know, I know…
Marketing is a dirty word in church circles but marketing principles are not contrary to scripture – they pretty much come out of it!
Marketing is NOT what you think it is. It’s not telemarketing people ringing and bothering you etc.
It’s the management of perception. That’s pretty simple.
It’s not the manipulation of perception!
Management = to know were we are today, where we need to be and make the neccessary adjustments
How is the church today perceived?
How do we want it to be perceived?
What do we have to do to bring about the change.
If you ask people what the church is for, you’ll probably get an answer you don’t agree with.
Your church has a perception.
OR (worse) nobody knows about you!
Everything you do that forms a perception of who you are – it’s marketing.
Whether you cut the lawn. The welcome team smiling or not.
Your name. (Holy Spirit Worship Tabernacle???!!!).
Every church is marketing – whether you think so or not.
QUESTION – What’s the perception of your church. Are you managing that well?