<< This page re-directs from “Starting a Mail Surge“
If you are a Pastor, you can start a mail surge by providing your congregants with three main things:
It doesn’t have to be a power point or even a whole sermon on the issue, but it is important to address the congregation about the matter at hand. Detail what the issue is, how it will affect the congregation, and why it is important to act.
Give the call to action.
Dircetly and clearly ask the members to write letters, and make it easy for them to do it. Ask them to write the letters before they leave the building, and have a box that they can drop them in. You can even supply stamps, or you can have them drop their unstamped letters in a box, and mail them later with non-profit postage. Don’t forget to put up a donation box by the envelopes to cover the cost of postage and supplies
Have the contact information ready for your church to copy down on their mailing envelopes, or ask your assistant to print the addresses on the envelopes ahead of time.
Have some sample letters available that you can pass out to your congregation, along with some envelopes or have the ushers stock them in the pews ahead of time. Let them construct their letters right there in the pew. The sample letters provide them with a general guideline of points to cover, but encourage them to put it in their own words. If you prefer, post the sample letter on an over head project
If you are sure that having your congregants write their letters at church is going to be next to impossible, or your church doesn’t have the funds for envelopes, then by all means let them mail the letters on their own. Justpass out the proper addresses along with the letter writing guidelines. The important thing is to have them mail the letters on a specific day , so that all of the letters arrive at once. Just do the best you can with the resources and people that you have and trust God to do the rest!