What are some ways to advertise a Church for FREE locally?

by tyankee7 on August 9, 2013

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Question by SimplyMisty: What are some ways to advertise a Church for FREE locally?
Our church just got started and we’re looking for free or inexpensive yet effective ways to advertise. We have a website already…but are there ways to advertise for free in my local area and how would i find those ways?

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Answer by dan h

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bueko August 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Maybe donate soome time to a local charity or have a bake sale, Get involved in the community a little more and get your name out there.

aj_lets_go_shopping August 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Maybe if you all have your own computer you can make flyers.

The Go To Guy August 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm

There is a website called kaboo.org that a friend sent me it has listings for local or national.
It’s free, so it might help you get the word out.
Carwashes are another way to get attention to your church,
and have worked for churches I know in the past. Some do it
as a youth service project and don’t charge, just to get some
exposure and community service.
Good luck with it!

Gaila's Random Thoughts August 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Tell your local newspaper when you host an event, sometimes they’ll send a photographer or let you submit somthing in the features or entertainment section.

Participate as a group in a community activity. Get a nice sign. Give away tums at a chilli fest. Offer juice or water after a run.

Sponsor a parents night out (with reservations) Have some members agree to watch kids for a few hours one night if you have the facilities. Advertise it as free with flyers at a school or daycare in your area. Lets people know about and become familiar with your facilities

a2z_4me August 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Resturants, book stores, local radio sometimes do bulletins, so just ask to announce services for church(maybe organize a taco dinner or a pancake meet and greet) Nothing brings them in faster than food!!! then feed the belly then the soul, look for free publications that are distributed and contact them, get a free web site and post the address everywhere to encourage people to come look. Common, I know the lord will flood your mind if you be creative….

ado_granted August 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

You can call your local christian radio station and let them know that you are opening up.

You can have a local outreach event to let the community know you are there. A picnic open to the community for example with hot dogs and bounce houses.

Or the cheaper version: look for a community event with booths, like a community fair or farmers market. And set up a booth there offering free face painting or something and you can spread the word that way.

By making a positive association that your new church cares about your community you will build bridges without “bible thumping” conflicts.

Another way is to do a survay door to door i don’t know all the specifics on that one but check with Stadia – they are a group that supports church plants (aka new churches) and they would have lots of ideas! http://www.stadia.cc/home.asp

You can ask your local christian book store if you can leave some flyers with them. Which you can make on a copier cheaply.

If you have qualified people with credentials host a free parenting or marriage skills seminar and put up flyers around the community. Be sure to really offer that content however when people arrive and not ambush them with Church. By free services such as this the community begins to warm up to the Church which is meeting their needs and piquing there curiousity.

PS – for face painting etc, you could get a cheap little starter kit which keeps the cost very reasonable. And you could put a little sponsered by sign on your booth.

bermanap August 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

One good way is to list events in your local newspaper. Most newspapers have a local bulletin board where they post groups events for free.

Pinball August 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Networking is the best form of advertising and it is free. Also flyers as long as they are permited in the location that you are posting them. You can also see if you can link to another web site it is called url exchange. hmmmmmmmm, Honestly if you have a little bit of money in your budget the most effective advertising would be a small ad in your community newspaper. remember in advertising it takes money or investment to get results. good luck.

Curious Georgette August 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Another idea is to use Vistaprint.com. They offer all kinds of “free” things such as 100 free postcards (you just pay for shipping), free business cards, etc. The postcards would be an excellent way to market your church location, hours, and outreach services. You can use the custom designs that VistaPrint offers to enhance your product. Flyers work as well…grab a couple of church members and/or your children, print up some flyers and head to some area grocery stores, restaurants, laundromats…you name it! Another thought is to post some information in your local barber and beauty shops.

toolman29505 August 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I like what other people are saying. Please also consider that a lot of companies will donate to charitable organizations, or atleast give good discounts. Go to a sign company and try to rent a billboard. I believe they can deduct it from their taxes, so why wouldn’t they do it? Good luck and God bless you!

tt August 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Have you thought about starting a blog and inviting all of your freinds to come to it and place their information articles etc on it. This way you will develop your Church and be able to keep them up to date.

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