Welcome! {Guest Registration Form}

Welcome! {Guest Registration Form}

Do you have a form for your newcomers to fill out?  What does it look like?  What's too much to ask?  Here's what we use for our guests.  I'd love to hear about your system! Guest Registration Grab this form in Word format or in PDF Format WELCOME!  WE’RE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOU! FAMILY: ________________________________________________________ KIDS: Name: __________________________________          Grade: _________ Name: __________________________________          Grade: … [Read more...]

Welcome to Our Church!  {Creating a Friendly Atmosphere}

Welcome to Our Church! {Creating a Friendly Atmosphere}

First Impressions Matter (A Lot) They walk through the doors of your church, eyes darting this way and that, trying to discern their next move.  Mom is holding a slightly nervous (and very wiggly) two year old as Dad ushers a five and seven year old along the hallway.   They are greeted by an usher and handed a "Welcome Packet".  This isn't their first church visit, so they aren't especially intrigued by this weighty piece of literature.  Instead, as they take their seat in the pew, Mom and Dad … [Read more...]

There’s Something Wrong Here.

There’s Something Wrong Here.

The kids ran happily between our table and a nearby window, laughing and tossing their balloons in the air.  Chick-fil-A had placed a little plush cow on every table in the restaurant and attached a balloon, some white, some black, and some speckled.  Our kids had been given these little toys on a previous visit, so we assumed they were okay to take and play with.  Uncle Eric didn't agree.  He said he had heard a Chick-fil-A lady say, "Those are decorations.  You can't have them". I … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Church for Company

Preparing Your Church for Company

A few years back, we had a great speaker (Joe Toomey) come to our church to talk to us about church growth.  I just came across my notes from his "seminar" and thought I'd share them with my readers.  They are some great things to keep in mind if you want to make guests feel at home in your church. A Few Statistics All churches think they are friendly, but very few actually are to outsiders.  A new person must be greeted by 7 people to consider a church friendly. The average church loses … [Read more...]

Guest Follow-up Letter

Guest Follow-up Letter

Just Get 'er Done! Sometimes it's remarkable how easy it is to just DO the things we've been putting off, and putting off, and putting off.  I have been procrastinating on this follow-up letter (to send guests after their first visit) for well.... maybe months, thinking "I don't know where to start".  However, today, I just sat down and started typing, and wouldn't you know it -- the letter was done in less than 10 minutes. That is almost ridiculous. Of course, it will need some tweeks, … [Read more...]

Fusion: Quick Book Review

Fusion: Quick Book Review

This is a great book for anyone in the church to read, but especially those in leadership. It's a quick (and enjoyable!) read that offers practical steps to turning first time visitors into fully engaged members. With many books like this, the reader can quickly get overwhelmed with all the steps and new procedures needing to be implemented for the strategy to work correctly.  However, with this book, I felt "this is very do-able" as I read. I especially like the beginning of the book where it … [Read more...]