How to Start a Card Ministry

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The purpose of a card ministry is to send cards to people celebrate an event with them, to encourage them, to cheer them up, to make them feel better, and to let them know someone is praying for them.


It is very easy to start a card ministry of your own!

card ministry


How to Start a Card Ministry


You only need a few things to get your card ministry started.


  • a greeting card box or bin to put everything in. Not a drawer, stuff will get piled on top of your cards
  • a calendar – one that you can keep in your box
  • an assortment of greeting cards – birthday, anniversary, sympathy, Christmas – religious & secular, thinking of you, thank you, etc. It’s nice to stock some cards that are suitable for men, and cards that are blank inside. Handmade cards are really nice, too.
  • writing paper or note paper for when you want to send a personal note, but don’t have a specific card for the occasion.
  • envelopes – greeting cards & stationary will come with some, but you will need some for the note paper or handmade cards
  • pens
  • stamps – buy the forever stamps so you don’t have to buy extra stamps later. Put these stamps in the card box and don’t raid the box to mail your bills!


You also may want to include these items:


    • stickers or maybe a wax seal to embellish the envelopes
      return address labels
    • little stickers to include in cards to kids
    • Bible verses you have printed on paper
    • bookmarks, either store bought or handmade, make sure they are not to heavy, so you don’t have to pay extra postage


Here are some cards that I had printed for my card ministry. I used a picture that I had taken myself, and edited it on the computer to put the Bible verse on it. I had these printed for me because I got a good deal on them. It may be cheaper to print something like this yourself, depending on how much the ink for your printer costs. The ones that I send out don’t say Linda’s Lunacy on them. lol  You can pick whatever Bible verse you think will be encouraging to someone. Or have a few different verses on cards for different needs.



bible verse cards for card ministry


Once your box is stocked, you’re almost ready to begin.


Now you need names and addresses. I recommend keeping an address book in your box. Start with family, and all your friends, and maybe your kids friends families. If your church has a directory, get an extra copy to keep in your box. Names and address of co-workers, or your kids coaches & teammates, if available are a nice addition, too.


Now you’re ready to start your card ministry!


Birthday cards are the easiest to start with. Add a list of family & friend birthdays to your box to make it even easier.

If you hear of someone that has been sick, it’s easy to grab your box and put a get well card in the mail quickly.

If you haven’t heard from someone in a while, and they come to mind, send them a thinking of you card.


Once you get started sending cards, you’ll find many occasions to send them. Make sure you remember to restock your stamps and cards regularly!


You’ll find that people appreciate the cards very much. And you will have succeeded in encouraging someone and making a difference in their life.


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  1. I love the idea of a card ministry. It always makes me feel good to receive cards so I’m know it makes others feel good as well. Good idea!
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