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Tips for Using this Book
straightforward and obvious way to use this book is to find
the letter that best suits your need, replace specific information, add
your greeting and closing, but otherwise use the letter as is with
little real modification.
These letters are designed to allow you to do exactly
that. However, I strongly recommend that you more often use these
letters merely as starting points. Effective letters will not only
convey information clearly and concisely, but will also convey your
personality. Further, you may add paragraph breaks as you desire.
Besides providing guidance for printed correspondence,
these examples are easily adaptable for e-mail communication.
Another way to use this book is to peruse the letters
and get ideas for expanding the ways you touch your congregation.
Perhaps you’ve never thought about following up a miscarriage with a
sympathy letter, or acknowledging someone’s new job, or addressing the
arrival of a newly adopted child. These are only a few of the ideas you
will encounter in this book.
Some of these letters address sensitive situations that
may be better handled in person or with a phone call. Having your
thoughts in order ahead of time can help make the meeting or call go
more smoothly. One way to prepare would be to write a letter that may
not get mailed, or that can be used later to document and reaffirm what
Finally, these letters can also serve as jumping off
points for bulletin and newsletter articles, or even speeches and
sermons. As you scan the pages, don’t restrict your vision to just
letters. You may be surprised the ideas that are sparked!
A note on special markings: XX = Usually indicates a place where you would put a specific
date such as 10, 21st, 13th, etc. DAY = Indicates where you would put a specific day of the week
such as Monday, Tuesday, etc. MONTH XX, 200X = Indicates where you would place a full date such
as March 29, 2010. ADDRESS = Indicates where you place a street address such as 1234
Anywhere Lane. CITY, STATE = Indicates where you would place a city and state
name such as Boise, ID. NAME = Indicates where you place a person’s full, first, or last
name based on the context of the letter.
All other markings should be self-evident.