In this next post in my series on how to grow a healthy church I am focusing on the pathway you
need to must create if you hope to assimilate new people successfully into your church.
Now here’s a book that highlights the power of such a pathway.
Mark Waltz‘s book How to Wow Your Church Guests: 101 Ways to Make a Meaningful First Impression (affiliate link) gives practical, down to earth & proven advice on how to help new people connect to your church.
Here’s an interesting observation in today’s wired world. People already have a first impression about your church well before they have visited a service. And they got that from your web site.
So in our church we consider the first contact point with a visitor is our web site which has a special section for visitors. It’s the first point in a number of contact points we have created to help people journey into our church. Here’s the rest.
- Clearly signed car parking spots for visitors
- Outside greeters
- Indoor greeters
- Welcome in service with an invite to visitor lounge
- Visitor lounge with free coffee, tasty treats & trained volunteers located in our foyer in the high traffic area – no out of the way back rooms
- Followup letter & phone call by Tuesday evening
- New People morning tea – a post morning service meet & greet with our pastors & board
- About Us – an in depth look at who we are, our vision & values which is held during a morning service
Now all of this process is under girded by a high level commitment to friendliness & is also monitored carefully by a leader who loves people & loves to watch our church grow.
I’ve noticed some churches are now offering a Guest Experience in which you can book ahead & be met by a team member – love it!
So what do you do if you don’t have any pathway for new people in your church?
My advice is get Mark Waltz’s book. Devour it. Give it to someone in your church with the gift of hospitality which literally is the love of strangers. Launch! And thus grow a healthy church.
Check out my other posts on how to grow a healthy church.