3 Steps to Start Using Online Church Bulletins

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Faithlife.com now lets you create online church bulletins your congregation can access online—before, during, or after your service.

Every week, churches print off thousands of bulletins—most of which never actually leave the building. It costs money, wastes paper, and fails to remind most of your congregation about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and the key takeaways from your service.

Digital bulletins leverage smartphones to keep your church more connected.

You can use these to collect connection cards (which we automatically organize into a spreadsheet), tell your congregation about upcoming events, share the exact passages your sermon is working through, or add notes to help your congregation follow along with the sermon.

If you have Proclaim Church Presentation Software, your church can also use these bulletins to collect offerings, take live surveys, and add events directly to their calendars.

Online church bulletins

Here’s how you can start using bulletins right now:

1. Set up an open church group

If your church doesn’t already have a Faithlife group, head to Faithlife.com and select “new group.” Under type, choose “church,” then set the privacy level to “open.”

As an admin, you control your Faithlife group’s privacy settings. Your church group should be “open”—meaning anyone can find and join your group—so that the people in your seats can actually see the place you want them to go.

If the group is open, anyone can follow along with your bulletins, even if they don’t join or follow your group. This way your bulletins are useful to everyone, not just your regulars.

2. Create a bulletin

Select the “bulletins” tab to pull up every bulletin your church has created in your group. All of the bulletins in this tab are visible to anyone. If your church uses Proclaim, every presentation you create automatically creates a bulletin here. You can edit these bulletins, or select “create bulletin” to start a new one.
You’ll start with a blank canvas so you can add the pieces you want everyone to see. Your church name appears automatically.

Add “text” sections to tell people about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, the main points of your sermon, and links to where people can find more information about a topic or event.

You can also save your presentation slides as images and add them to your bulletins that way.

Add a passage to help people follow along in the Bible. If there’s a short passage you want people to focus on, this is a great way to put it right in front of them. Or, for longer passages, this bulletin becomes a link directly to a free online Bible so they can read in depth.

Clicking the Proclaim button lets you pull items directly from your church presentations. Choose the presentation, and Faithlife uploads the whole thing—you can always remove the pieces you don’t want.

When you have a bulletin set up, you can print, copy, or link to it.

3. Share your bulletin

Faithlife makes it easy to both create and distribute your bulletins. If you prefer to print and hand out hard copies, Faithlife formats your bulletin so it looks good on paper. You can print straight from faithlife.com, or you can copy your entire bulletin to a clipboard, so you can keep working on it somewhere else.

To get the most from bulletins you create on faithlife.com, we recommend sharing a link to your church group and telling people to select the bulletin tab. This way, your bulletin can provide your congregation with valuable links about events, Scripture, and more. You could tell people about a volunteer opportunity, baptism, or other event and send them to a page where they can instantly sign up right from their seats.

Do more with bulletins plus Proclaim

When your church uses Proclaim Church Presentation Software—which you can try free for 30 days—bulletins become even more valuable.

Proclaim Signals let your congregation interact directly with your presentation. For bulletins, this means you can digitally collect tithes, add calendar events, and more, right into your presentation.
Faithlife and Proclaim can digitally deliver the things you collect with pen and paper every weekend.

Online church bulletins are more convenient for your growing population of smartphone owners. They save you (or your volunteers) time getting all the information in one place later, and using them means you can have visually attractive bulletins without spending hundreds of dollars on printing every year.

See how easy it is to create online church bulletins in Faithlife: create your church group now.

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Ryan Nelson

Ryan Nelson is a writer for OverviewBible, where he uses Logos to explore the characters, groups, places, and books of the Bible. He has served in a variety of volunteer ministry positions, primarily through Young Life.

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Written by Ryan Nelson