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Overview

One of the most important activities of the church is to draw in people from the outside—whether believers or those who may have never been involved in the church before. This resource helps evaluate how welcoming your church is and gives you tools to improve. Helpful topics include: how to foster hospitality on Sunday mornings among regular worship attenders; how to make sure people are not overlooked; and how to encourage members to cultivate commitment.

This 22-page resource offers biblical reflection, wisdom from experienced pastors, and practical tips on how to connect newcomers into the life of your church.

This Resource contains all of the following:

Who Is Our Target? 
3 questions to match our church strengths.

Welcome Check-up 
How does our congregation measure up?

Can This Class Become More Welcoming? 
From stagnation to vitality.

The Fringe Ministry Leader 
Will responsibility deepen commitment?

Willing to Commit 
How to tap into the needs of newcomers.

Points of Entry 
How many doors does our church have?

Overcoming Resistance to Growth 
When one member stonewalls growth and outreach, what is a church to do?

From Outsiders to Insiders 
The basis is our common bond in Christ.

No Charter for Comfort 
Jesus commissioned the church to shake up the world.

From Visitors to Attenders 
Four ways to increase repeat visits.

A Welcoming Place 
Focus on these areas to ensure newcomers feel welcome.

Filling the Cracks 
How to make a personal connection with newcomers.

Answer the Questions  
Help newcomers answer "yes" to these six questions.

Restored for Service  
How to coach wounded people back into service.

Rejected 
What goes through your mind and heart when people stop coming?

Further Resources 

Sample Retreat Plan 


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Topics:Assimilation, Community, Growth, Hospitality, New members, Newcomers, Visitors & guests
Filters:Church staff, Discipleship, Elder, Greeter, Hospitality, Outreach, Pastor, Usher
References:Romans 12:9, Acts 4:32, Romans 15:1-2, Matthew 5:13-14, Philippians 2:5-11, Acts 16:14-15, 1 John 3:18-20
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Veronica Akondo

May 15, 2012  6:00pm

These are the topics that will be suitable for my ministry right now,awesome

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