How do I engage parishioners who will never pick up a bulletin?
Your parish likely invested in FORMED not only for its inspiring programs like Symbolon and Forgiven which provide excellent material for RCIA and catechesis programs, but also because you want to evangelize—to encourage faith formation and faith sharing directly in your parishioners’ homes, and, perhaps even more so, to engage those parishioners who may only rarely walk through the chapel doors.
While no single program, video, book, or inspiring talk can take the place of authentic encounter between individuals, FORMED, and its wealth of beautiful content, can serve as the starting point for authentic conversations, the hub for individual and family-driven faith learning, and FORMED can be the tool through which Christ, with the Father’s will, can work on the hearts and minds of his people.
FORMED makes it incredibly simple to meet individuals where they are. In fact, with FORMED, you can deliver the good, true, and beautiful of our Catholic faith directly to your parishioners’ pockets.
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to encourage those in your community at all levels of engagement to encounter Christ on FORMED:
1. Invite – Invite members of your community to join FORMED initially by sharing your parish’s Custom Registration URL (ex. stmarys.formed.org), which can easily be sent via Flocknote, email, or text message, or shared via social media. Gather your parish’s contact list, paste your Custom Registration URL with a personalized message, and hit send!
2. Recommend – Next, give your parishioners a place to start by sharing your favorite piece of FORMED content. On every content piece’s page, you have the option to share the program, video, audio, or ebook via Facebook, Twitter, email, or even Pinterest! The link to any FORMED content piece can also be copied from your web browser’s address bar and pasted into a Flocknote message or email. When a parishioner receives the link (or clicks on the link via Facebook, Twitter, etc.), those who have already used FORMED on that device will remain auto-logged-in and taken directly to the content you shared!
Look for these icons on any content piece’s page on FORMED!
3. Plug in to your Community – Your FORMED Community page is the bridge between your parishioners’ individual faith formation on FORMED and getting plugged in to your community! Draw FORMED users to your Community page by creating custom featured content, including a link to your parish’s website, Mass and Confession times, an audio track of your pastor’s latest homily, and other recommended FORMED Content! (Coming soon: Engage your parishioners in small-group discussion right on the FORMED platform with FORMED Community groups!)