How do you create interesting bulletin content?
The presumption of most editors is that people who read the bulletin have a desire for the sacramental life of the church. Are we missing an opportunity to communicate with the unchurched? Does your content address the needs of those who are lonely and searching for God but do not know where to turn? When they read your bulletin do they feel connected or a stranger looking in from the outside? Consider aligning your content with the stages in the process of evangelization.
“Evangelization is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity, She exists in order to evangelize.” (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14)
This means that something on your cover should speak to those who have not discovered a need for God and do not know where to turn. Think about adding to your inside content on the aspects of parish life that incorporate initial and continuing catechesis. Your effort can be about making your bulletin content show that the church exists to evangelize. Build on human needs and show that needs include a desire for God.
The next time your content becomes routine explore the missionary zeal of faith and proclaim the need for God and accepting the Gospel.
About the Author: Thomas Miner is the President of Bartleby Press, Austin. TX. A church bulletin printing service.