Ed. note: this is an excerpt from a longer article on summer communication strategy, but I feel the topic is so important, I wanted to post it on it's own.
Yes, that is all caps and I am shouting. I'm going to sound very harsh now, but I feel strongly about this and I think the extensive Biblical support for caring for the "least of these" and being concerned about the poor supports my concern.
Here is the situation I've seen in the PR of some churches (and as is the habit of our ministry, we don't name names of bad examples):
- The church hosts a summer event but states clearly (or sometimes not at all, which is horrid) that everyone is welcome to free popcorn and punch, but there will be a charge for hotdogs and burgers.
- Or there will be free chips and salsa, but there is a significant charge for tacos.
How do you think that feels for a family that might have taken a huge step to go to the event they heard that was going on at the church but they have four kids who would love a hotdog or a taco, but then they find out that there is a charge for food (popcorn and chips do not a meal make) and they simply don't have the money for it. What will they do? [Read more...]