Maximizing participation in the assessment requires continuous reminders.  Some guidelines and templates are provided below:

  • After the initial launch, follow up with a reminder email blast every 3-4 days.
  • Publish an article in each worship bulletin.
  • Appoint someone whenever people gather to make a short appeal.  This includes worship, coffee hour, choir practice, committee meetings, education classes, pot luck dinners, and any other place and time you can think of.
  • Try something fun and unique to encourage participation.  Some churches have handed out small kit-kat bars, others cat or cow buttons/stickers.  Some have built a CAT goal meter and placed in a prominent location displaying the number of folks who have participated.  One church even had a member who collected CAT sweaters and wore a different one each Sunday when she made the appeal in worship.
  • Have fun with it but be persistent!
  • Be sure to send us an email or give us a call to check in on progress. We will also send you a weekly update each Friday.