During the warmer months, who isn’t up for a little outdoor music? Your church worship band or church members who sing or play instruments can spotlight their talents and reach out to the community with a fun-ﬁlled night of music. Host a concert in the park or even a concert series. And breathe a sigh of relief…this outreach opportunity will keep your church’s budget intact.
Advertise. Tie in to your city’s existing summer concerts and/or promote your event by putting ﬂyers on bulletin boards in coffeehouses, music stores, community centers and laundromats. But even if people are just passing by on the night of the event, there’s nothing like upbeat live music to draw a crowd on a warm summer night.
Reserve A Location. Choose a popular park that’s ﬁlled with walkers, roller-bladers, bikers, children, or couples taking a stroll. Many parks have stages or outdoor amphitheaters you can reserve in advance, and you’ll simply need to bring your church’s sound system and set it up.
Recruit. If you have a worship band, ask the members if they’d like to participate and clear their schedules the night of the event. During Sunday morning services, announce you’re looking for musicians to join in the fun. You might be surprised to ﬁnd an amazing jazz saxophonist or bongo player in the back pew. Consider giving your new “band” a fun name.
Schedule Practices. You’ll want everyone to be in tune and sounding great on the night of the concert. Don’t forget to ﬁnd someone to run the sound board and lighting.
Perform. To appeal to a diverse audience, practice a wide variety of music. Have your band learn family-friendly classic rock oldies, country, or contemporary favorites to create a fun music set with broad appeal. Intersperse the evening with Christian rock songs.
Promote. Set up a table in the back with your worship band’s CDs (if they have them) and connection cards from your church. People will be wondering who the band is and who’s sponsoring the event. This is a prime opportunity to tell them where they can hear more.
Excerpt from “Keep the Change, Outreach on a Shoestring” by the editors of Outreach magazine. Copyright @2006 by Outreach magazine. Used by permission. All rights reserved.