7 Steps to Design and Publish a Church Newsletter

Software, Templates, Content, and Tips for Church Newsletters

The basics of any newsletter design and publishing apply to church newsletters. But as with any specialized newsletter, the design, layout, and content should be tailored to your specific audience.

A church newsletter is a type of relationship newsletter. It generally has the same 12 parts of newsletter as other such publications.

Use the following resources for designing and publishing your own church newsletter.

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Popular Desktop Publishing and Graphics Software
Clockwise from the top: Serif PagePlus, The Print Shop Pro Publisher, Print Artist, Microsoft Office Publisher, QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. Box shots provided by Serif, Broderbund, Nova Development, Microsoft, Quark, Adobe, and Corel.

There is no single software program best suited to church newsletters. Because those producing the newsletter may not be professional graphic designers and because the budget for small churches doesn't allow for expensive programs like InDesign or QuarkXPress, church newsletters are often produced using programs such as:

These and other newsletter design software for Windows and Mac are all good options. Choose the software based on your skill level, budget, and type of publishing you plan to do.

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SmileTemplates.com. SmileTemplates.com

You can start with any kind of newsletter template (or create your own). However, you may find it easier to use a template designed especially for church newsletters with layouts and images specific to the type of content typically found in church newsletters. Three sources of church newsletters (purchase individually or subscribe to the service):

Or, search through these free newsletter templates to find a suitable format and layout.

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Content for Church Newsletters

What you include in your newsletter will depend on your specific organization. However, these articles provide advice on content:

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Quotes and Filler for Church Newsletters

These quotes and sayings with a spiritual bent have been compiled at About.com Quotations. Use them as standing elements or feature a different quote in each issue.

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Clip Art and Photos for Church Newsletters

Use clip art wisely but when it's the right choice, choose the right image from some of these collections compiled by various About.com Guides.

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Layout and Design

Even if you use a template, you'll need to choose one with a layout that fits your planned content and presents the right impression for your organization.

  • In Overall Church Newsletter Samples #1, Yvon Prehn of Effective Church Communications presents images and PDF downloads of several church newsletters along with brief comments on the design and style. Good resource if you’re considering starting a new newsletter or revamping an existing one. 
  • This ad is designed to get you to purchase The Church Newsletter Toolkit but the ad itself contains some useful tips on content and where to place it.

Plus any publisher should consider their newsletter's First Impression and the 3 C's of Good Newsletter Design.

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Are You Using the Best Fonts?
Image contains metal type photo by Andrein; CC-SA-By 2.0 via Flickr.com

In general you'll want to stick with good, basic serif or sans serif fonts for your newsletter. But there is room to add some variety and interest by carefully mixing in some script and other styles of fonts. Choose the best fonts for your church newsletter using these tips.