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Revitalized Church Marketing Plan Tool unveiled


United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information

August 31, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Church leaders searching for answers about how to enhance congregational outreach efforts and build awareness of their church can now turn to a revitalized Church Marketing Plan Tool from United Methodist Communications. The tool guides local church teams through discovery and planning techniques that result in a unique, comprehensive marketing plan for their church.

“Local churches are empowered to do meaningful outreach when they take time to understand their communities and the best ways to connect with them,” said Poonam Patodia, chief marketing officer at United Methodist Communications. “The Church Marketing Plan Tool offers a holistic, hands-on opportunity to design a tailored marketing plan that tells the story of a congregation and its ministries.”

The revitalized tool is simpler and more user-friendly, including quicker-paced content, downloadable worksheets, tips and clear action items. It also provides a cohesive structure for organizing church marketing and communication efforts.

While the entire process may take several weeks to complete, most of that time is spent collecting information about the community surrounding the church, assessing church strengths and challenges, and creating an overarching vision.

Suggested team members include the senior pastor, a marketing plan coordinator, an administrative assistant and members of various committees.

The tool guides the team through two phases:

  1. Research and vision: teams use provided statistics and surveys to better understand themselves and the community
  2. Strategy and implementation: teams apply their new discoveries to create and carry out an effective plan

The Church Marketing Plan Tool culminates in a one-day retreat that follows a furnished agenda. At the end of the day, churches will have a working draft of a complete marketing plan ready to present to the congregation and to put into action.

Church leaders can learn more about the tool and get started building their plan at There is no cost to utilize the tool, and no registration or account is required.


About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.

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Laura Buchanan