Looking for advice on church newsletters? Here's a reprint of the article I did for pastors in the the North Pacific Union Conference. (And if you'd like to see NPUC's website for pastors, then click on the title of this post.
Three tips for church newsletters:
1. Keep it short. That way, you’re more likely to keep doing it. My advice: one page for news, with a church calendar on the back.
2. Keep it legible. Your church members won’t read it if they can’t read it. That means 11-point type (12-point is better for older eyes) and no fancy fonts. (And if you’re using more than three fonts, you’re working too hard.)
3. Keep it helpful. You want it to be something your church members will stick on the refrigerator because they keep referring to it. Your calendar, for instance, should include sunset times, birthdays, board meetings, school vacations and early releases, plus (in a multiple church district) just who is preaching where. (And when it comes to news, don’t forget a monthly summary of just how your church’s budget is doing!)
Bonus: I use MicroSoft PUBLISHER for my newsletter; with a little modification, its template works pretty well. But one thing I don’t use is a lot of clip-art; IMHO, more than one or two “clips” on a page makes it look trashy.Super double-bonus: You can eliminate the problems of church members finding "typos" or mistakes in your church newsletter by announcing that anyone who finds a "typo" will type the next newsletter.