Our fifth lesson in “13 Tips For Church Letter Writing Success” will build off the letter “C” in our Church Letters acrostic. So far, we have looked at the following: C – Be Clear H – Be Hopeful U – Be Understanding R – Be Responsive Today, we will take a look at: C – Be Consistent People have an amazing ability to catch on to “favoritism”, and will certainly notice if certain people receive letters or encouraging e-mails and others do not. As Church leaders, it is our calling to reflect the attitude of Christ in dealing with people, and that includes going out our way to minister to the one who may be “down and out”, as well as the one who seemingly has it “all” together.
Work on the development of a new habit of sending a card or letter “just because” to someone in the congregation, or to thank them for their service of ministry. Consistently send out birthday and anniversary congratulations as you collect this valuable information through church surveys. Develop a database for Church Membership to assist in this endeavor. If you are in search of a cost effective web-based system, please feel free to contact us for the name of the company we recommend. It is far less expensive than most of what is available for web-based systems. Use reminders and other tools to help you remember! Even a pen and paper is better than nothing… Consistency is something where you don’t notice the results overnight, yet with continually doing the right things, your people will see that you really DO care enough to consistently reach out to them with concern and care, congratulations and compassion! Below is your fifth complimentary letter which you may modify and use in your own church communications.
(Birthday Church Letter for Christian) I wanted to take just a moment to send you a note to wish you a Happy Birthday, and to let you know how valuable you are in God’s sight. The Bible tells us in Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Scriptures such as this give us a wonderful assurance that absolutely NONE Of us are here on planet Earth by accident, but we are all of “divine design”. The way to true happiness and peace is to determine the plan God has for our life and then do our best to walk in His perfect will. He has promised us that He will never leave us or forsake us, so we have great assurance that IF (that big, little word) we will continue to walk with Him, the way will be clear. Birthdays are a reminder of our beginning, and as we grow older, we find that they are also a reminder of the fact that one day there will be an “end”.
While that may not sound encouraging, we also know that for the Christian the “end” is only the “beginning” as eternity with Christ is our ultimate goal. Here’s a nice short story by Elsie Ratowski I thought you’d enjoy: When we visit my parents’ grave site, my boys always help water the flowers. One day they argued over who should get the water. Knowing my youngest was born one month after my father died, my elder son said, “You can’t do it. You didn’t even know Grandpa.” To that my little one replied, “Oh yes I did. I was coming down when he was going up.” — Elsie Ratowski, Prudenville, MI. Today’s Christian Woman, “Heart to Heart.” I want to encourage you to redeem the time God has given to you, and to live every day with God’s will in mind. Happy Birthday! (PASTOR’S SIGNATURE)