5 Creative Ways to Keep Your Congregation Engaged

Has your congregation been drifting off lately? Are you not seeing more parishioners stepping up and helping to expand the reach of your church? The big issue here is that the congregation may no longer be connected, and sooner or later this could be devastating to the church as a whole. Here are five creative ways to keep your congregation engaged.


1. Give the Church a Facelift

Perhaps the building where you hold services hasn’t seen a fresh coat of paint since the last century. The expression about judging a book by its cover could apply here, so get some volunteers together and work on giving the church a fresh new look. Parishioners who own painting companies, carpeting businesses, and even electricians can all chip in to modernize the facility.


2. Update the Church Website

Just because your church has a website does not mean you are getting your biggest bang for the buck. Spend a few dollars or see if any parishioners who can do web design are willing to help give the church website a modern transformation to attract a new following. The site can work as a vital source of information to help keep people connected to exciting things happening at the church.


3. Hold Fun Charity Events

Forget those candle drives or baked sales, hold a big carnival in the parking lot and watch how your group responds. Everyone loves these type events, and it is just a great way to get the congregation together in an informal setting and excited about what is going on at the church.


4. Cool Off the Congregation

Maybe the congregation is drifting off in church because it feels like they are baking in an oven. Nothing can jolt a drowsy person awake faster than a burst of ice-cold air. Make an air conditioning maintenance appointment and chill off that room before guests arrive, the colder room will undoubtedly get their attention.


5. Spice Up the Reading Materials

The reading materials in most churches are as old as the Bible. Wake up your congregation with some new literature about upcoming events, local news, or how the church plans on improving the community this year. Updating the reading material every week will help keep the congregation focused.


By the time you get through this list of creative ways to engage your congregation, you will already see a change in their demeanor moving forward.


Straight and Narrow: How to Display Morality in Tough Situations

Morality is natural when things are going well. Few would be willing to sacrifice their principles when it’s easy to defend them, after all. The real test of morality comes when things aren’t going well – when the situation gets desperate and sticking to your morals means the possibility of adverse consequences. There are, however, methods of making sure you can display morality even when situations are tough.

Examine Your Morals

Perhaps the best place to start is with an examination of your morals. What is at the core of your moral code and what’s merely window dressing? It’s often possible to compromise in a situation without giving up on one’s principles even if it means taking a minor loss. As long as you stick to those core principles, you don’t seem to be taking the easy way out just by compromising.

Be Pragmatic

You also can stick to morals while still being pragmatic. You can be trusting and accepting, for example, while even requiring verifications and references before making an important decision. This is especially true as a manager or employer. Your decision to adhere to a specific code doesn’t mean you have to ignore danger and it certainly doesn’t say you must turn away from all options that would keep you or your family safe. According to JDP, you or your organization “cannot afford to make a potentially negligent hiring decision.”


Often, displaying morality just means displaying consistency. If you choose to live by a particular code, make sure you present it even when it’s detrimental. People will learn to expect this of you and, in turn, will be less likely to push you into situations that require a moral lapse. Your displays of moral character help to establish the boundaries against which others should not drive.

Be Honest

The most important part of displaying morality in tough situations, though, depends on your willingness, to be honest about what’s going on. If you find yourself in a desperate situation that challenges your morals, let others know exactly what you are thinking. Rather than seeming stubborn or shortsighted, you will give others a window into your thought processes and allow them a chance to help you avoid a moral problem.

Your morality doesn’t need to be thrown away just because things are tough. Instead, you should take a pragmatic and open approach to dealing with situations. Stick to your moral foundations but be willing to use real-world tools to back yourself up. With the right attitude, you’ll be able to navigate tricky situations and still be able to look at yourself in the mirror.