Pastors, parish staff and parishioners all recognize that we must welcome people to our parish before we can expect them to return or actively participate. It is important to welcome everyone: registered active parishioners, parishioners who attend occasionally, visitors, newcomers and those seeking to return to or join the faith.
One of the most effective ways to create a welcoming community is to have an informative and inviting website. Use the same imagery and content to coordinate your story through the use of a high impact envelope design combined with periodic mailing services. Regular, planned communications keep parishioners informed and engaged.
Research shows consistent messaging can create a sense of belonging and understanding. Work with OSV consultants to create an annual plan to make sure your communications reflect your parish mission, activities and accomplishments.
Here are some things parishes have done to create a welcoming parish: