Why and How I Write So Many Handwritten Notes by Jeremy Roberts

January 12, 2016, 0 Comments
Dr. Jeremy Roberts is Lead Pastor of Church of the Highlands in Chattanooga, a congregation he and his team re-planted three years ago. He frequently writes on the subjects of leadership and spiritual growth. I asked him to stop by my site to comment on one of his common practices as a pastor.
Jeremy serves as an adjunct professor at Liberty University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife, Charity, and they have two daughters. Keep up with Jeremy online:

Why and How I Write So Many Handwritten Notes by Jeremy Roberts

The art of the handwritten note is nearly gone. It’s time to bring it back!


Your inbox is clogged, and you’re usually rushing to crank through it so you can clear through that task. Most people don’t leisurely sit back and observe emails. Emails are too commonplace and generic.

Handwritten notes are special, rare, and unique. When you receive a handwritten note, it is so rare that you usually open it immediately to see what it is all about.

When I receive a handwritten note from someone, it just really blesses me. I like the fact that someone went to the extra effort of personally writing it, addressing it, stamping it, and putting it in the mailbox. The effort alone makes me happy that someone cared enough to give me that time.

When you write people handwritten notes, you will bless them. You will encourage them. You will indicate that you are there for them. It’ll help you to expand your territory to influence more people for the Lord Jesus Christ.


I used to write them for peoples’ birthdays, but I shifted my process to the system below:

1. My administrative assistant prepares them for me.
Betty, my administrative assistant, types the name and address on envelopes. Then, she places the envelope and a notecard in my box in our church office. After I write the note, I don’t seal it in the envelope. She makes a copy of the handwritten note and files it. The purpose of this is so that we can keep solid communication records of how we’re ministering to people.

2. When someone shares a request with me, or the Lord puts someone on my heart, I email my assistant from my iPhone.
When someone shares a request with me, I email my assistant, right in front of the person. I tell them I am asking my assistant to remind me to follow up with them. People like that.

3. I write all first-time guests and all people with special prayer requests.
When people fill out connection cards, my assistant automatically prepares an envelope. The same is true with special prayer requests.

4. If I can’t think of specific people to write, I literally just go down the church membership list.
If the brook is dry, in terms of people with special requests or first-time guests, every once in a while I just look at the membership roster and decide to write people.

5. I try to write five notes per day, Monday–Thursday.
20 notes per week adds up over a month. That’s 80 handwritten notes per month!

I hope this simple post about handwritten notes will help you to reach more people. Do you have any additional thoughts on handwritten notes? Let me know in the comments below.

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