A Heartfelt Campaign for a Community-Centered Church
Central Christian Church is a modern community of believers spread across four locations: Janesville, New Life, Iglesia, and Beloit. Committed to growth and inclusion in one of the most difficult years, the Central team sought our help with a start-to-finish campaign to promote their fall Homecoming event.
Central Christian Church
Central’s communities had been impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social trends. In Janesville, they struggled to raise awareness of the church without an initial physical location — on their other campuses, concerns about illness and demanding work schedules kept their congregations from gathering.
The Central team decided to host a Homecoming event in early September across all of their communities, hoping to re-energize their existing church members and bring new connections together.
Our short-term goal was to drive interest and attendance of Homecoming with a campaign concept that could be customized to each audience. Our long-term goal was to create greater awareness of Central’s four locations and encourage eventual retention of more members.
A Welcoming Ad Campaign
After a series of discovery workshops and congregation research, our team poured their talents into devising heartfelt campaign messaging and attention-grabbing visuals. Underscoring our entire process was a commitment to telling Central’s story — and highlighting their commitment to inclusion — as authentically as possible.
Our tagline (Find what you need at Central) and imagery fueled traditional, digital, and earned media including:
- Radio spots
- Direct mail invitations
- Placements in local publications
- A website landing page
- Paid social media and Google advertising
- Organic social media posts
New Life’s attendance had averaged under 60 for the months leading up to Homecoming. On the day of the event, they had over 250 people show up. They had to go buy new food and even hosted an extra service outside because of the overflow!
Janesville had seen a steady increase in attendance since moving locations in August — but on Homecoming weekend, they nearly doubled their visitors from 100 to 200 with many new faces.
Unfortunately, Iglesia was hit hard by COVID-19 in the weeks leading up to Homecoming. Their pastor was unable to attend, and around 50 members called to say they wouldn’t be coming either due to the pandemic. Despite that, the campus still had a normal attendance level on Homecoming weekend because they brought in enough new people to close the gap.