Invest in a second tuned piano (if your sanctuary has space available) and schedule different budding pianists to play along with the main pianist. This not only provides excellent training, but helps fill in the song service.
Each member has a box for church updates, inter-member correspondence, notes, etc. This can save lots of money and keep good communication.
The services never go “overtime” and the music can be themed to the message if planned well.
A different pastor or speaker is scheduled to present a specific topic each week. The midweek service is moved to Thursday evening to accommodate the speakers. It’s a great way to infuse new ideas and keep your summer mid-week ministry vibrant.
Collect a loose change offering weekly to share a bonus gift at Christmas with the missionaries. Sometimes the monies are used to purchase needed items for special projects.
Attach clear acrylic holders to the Missions wall to hold letters so they are easily read and remain neat. Last months letter can go behind the current one. A prayer card can also be inserted or placed alongside the letter.
Encourage members to bring to the church nice items (clothes, dishes, tools, books, etc.) they no longer need or use. Display the items neatly in a Sunday School room or the Fellowship Hall. After a service, announce that any needed items can be picked up free of charge for one hour. No money is exchanged, only goods. After the exchange, any items that remain will be given to needy people, taken to shelters or second hand stores. Plan the exchange once every quarter (3 months).
Set the fellowship tables up differently to encourage the building of new friendships and keep variety. Obviously your fellowship hall and the number of guests may dictate some arrangements, but use rows, double width combinations, slants, squares, etc. to keep things fresh.
If possible have a live instrument played during the meal. This may be a great time to have young budding musicians get some experience). If none are available, prepare to play an appropriate CD to accompany the meal.
Every few months all visitors who have come are invited to lunch at the church. The pastor greets the people, tells of the various ministries offered and prays for the planned meal. After the meal, a guided tour of the church property is conducted to familiarize newcomers with the facilities and ministry locations.
Church Potlucks don’t have to take forever. Decide in advance on a menu (ie. chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, pickles and rolls) and have people sign up. Set up 3 (or more) serving tables on a slant ( \ \ \ ) funneling toward the empty eating tables. Place the same menu items (though the dishes may differ) on each table. Have people form a line and go down both sides of the tables (6 lines). Set up a separate drink station and desert table in another corner of the room. 200 people can easily be served, eat and be happy in less than 30 minutes.
Make your afterglow or fellowship more than just a meal. Create a theme like Soup-er Saints, Carnival (popcorn, Crackerjacks, licorice), Picnic on the grounds with blankets, etc., Cookout or Tailgate Treats. Decorate. Have some good icebreakers and mixer games. Encourage hearty fellowship and interaction with a biblical story or passage.
List on a large white board all jobs needing accomplished. Bid or assign the jobs to various team members based on skills and mark them off. When a task is complete, return to the board for another assignment. End on time.
Insert a mini diversion (a game or refreshment or ice breaker) to keep the work fun and the workers sharing multiple good memories from their labor.