You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Nowhere is this phrase more accurate than in the church. These brief and practical handouts equip your congregation to welcome visitors and make them feel at home. You'll explore what works and what does not work when welcoming visitors, and there are specific handouts for greeters and ushers, two important visitor ministries. Each handout can be used at a meeting with your team or to pass out individually to those looking for guidance.
This 22-page resource offers biblical reflection, wisdom from experienced pastors, and practical tips on how to ensure visitors feel welcome when they visit your church.
This Resource contains all of the following:
What the Unchurched See
Put yourself in the shoes of the first-time visitor to our church.
The Right Kind of Welcome
Visitors fear being embarrassed, overwhelmed, or ignored.
Attracting the Outsiders
Take a low-pressure approach to non-traditional visitors.
Why They Don't Come Back
Visitors can be turned off by behavior, buildings, and disorder.
Why They Do Come Back
Growing churches meet the needs of newcomers.
The first face a greeter sees is looking for a warm, genuine welcome.
Facility as Ministry
Facility issues can actually be ministry issues.
Ask the Right Questions
Consider the questions visitors will be asking.
Becoming an Inclusive Church
Sometimes we unintentionally exclude people from the church.
Connecting with Young Adults
These nine traits characterize churches that reach young adults.