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Email Marketing as Told By Jesus

When it comes to email marketing for your parish or ministry, follow Jesus' example.

Um...what? Jesus didn't have email marketing as part of His ministry.

No, but we can still learn what He might have done with it if He had utilized it!

Serve Your Audience

The key to getting unsubscribes real quick? Send emails that serve your agenda, not your audience's.

You've seen them, right? Those emails that are simply a means to try to sell you on something: "Here's my latest blog posts!" "Here are my newest products!"

You can and should promote those things in your email marketing, BUT your emails also need to have value beyond promoting your ministry. If you're using your email marketing solely as a newsletter or product catalog, it's probably going to flop (note my one caveat to this below).

So how do you make emails that serve your audience's needs?


  • Offer exclusives. Whether it's a coupon code just for email subscribers, restock or sale notices, free downloads, etc., show your email community that you value them by offering exclusives that cannot be found on any of your other platforms. AND/OR

  • Be a resource. Use your email platform as a teaching tool! I often tell ministries that a lot of marketing involves an educational element - we have to teach our audiences about why what we do is important and THEN sell them on our product, service, or offering. Offer how tos, collect knowledgable articles or advice on a certain topic or theme, share inspiration or prayers, or provide a service in your emails that keeps people engaged.


This is where newsletters work well. While it's great if you can also be a resource or offer exclusives here, email as an alternative to a print newsletter/bulletin is absolutely the way to go and is the kind of information people expect from your organization, BUT only for your internal audience, ie. registered parishioners or current parents. If you're trying to use email for marketing purposes, see above.

As Catholic marketers, we want to offer first and then ask. It goes back