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