How to handle the election season in your church

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Bunnie at CNNThis is a re-blog which was posted in October 2015. We think it’s time to bring this subject up again!  Get started now planning to use these ‘tips” for the November 2016 elections.

Many places of worship will find politicians, who are running for office, in their churches on Sunday morning – expecting to be introduced by the pastor.  And, expecting to capture votes.

I have a few tips to offer that might be a win-win for your congregation and those candidates who are knocking on your door.

  1. Don’t wait for them to “show up”, Invite those running for one particular office to visit your church on one particular Sunday and ask them to prepare a statement relative to one special issue – an issue which you suggest. Introduce them and ask them to stand up (in the sanctuary); all standing at the same time. Publish their statements in a flyer which you will pass out (or time permitting), they may be permitted to speak.

 

  1. Do a press release and send it to local newspapers, TV, and radio. (Don’t forget the gospel on-air personality.) If you use social media, post your information about their appearance at your church on Facebook and send out a blog or tweet.

 

  1. Do this for several local elected offices — maybe once a month. Pick the most visible offices to include – such as the County Commissioners, Congressmen, Sheriff, Judges, etc. – if you want to capture media coverage.

 

  1. Now, ask them to come back when they get elected.

 

 

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