We’re constantly looking for ways to increase first timers to church as well as encouraging the congregation to invite their friends. Here are four goodies.
- At the end of worship take a moment to ask the congregation “Let’s take a moment to center our thoughts on who we can invite to church next Sunday.
- When a new family moves into town send them a Fex Ex package including a CD with the pastor welcoming them to the community and offering to help them become acclimated as well as the pastor casting the vision of the church and asking them to come join him on the journey. This video should be less than four minutes long. Put a post it note on the CD that says, “This video is less than 4 minutes long. I hope you view it” signed first name of pastor. You can get the names of families moving into your area by using the New Mover Outreach Program available at http://www.outreach.com/new-movers.aspx
- When a first time family visits your church send them a Fed Ex package including a coffee cup with the name of the church on it and a CD of the pastor sharing his/her join of worshipping with them Sunday and inviting them back to join the congregation in the exciting journey of…….. Include in the cup a note that says, “This video is only 3 minutes long. I hope you view it.” signed first name.
- Many people are timid when it comes to inviting their friends so why not encourage them to use email to invite their friends and to talk to others about their faith? Most folks have a network of friends, some Christians, some not Christians – yet.
Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing. So go bless your community.