Monday, March 29, 2010

Closing Your Church's Back Door...

...starts at your church's front door!

Andy Stanley once said "The Church is a family expecting guests." I believe that is true. This Sunday is Easter, one of the highest attended Sundays of the year. Is your "family" ready?

Have you prepared for the arrival of guests and all that is to follow?

Your staff and congregation need to know how to:
  • Serve guests with grace and hospitality
  • Internalize the importance of being welcoming to everyone
  • Reflect God's character in the way you treat guests
  • Encourage the continual return of guests

Nelson Searcy, pastor of Journey Church in New York City, and Mark Waltz, Connections Pastor at Granger Community Church in South Bend IN, have both authored books that will help church leaders understand the importance of creating Guest Services practices that will not only welcome guests to your church but help them become regular participants.

This week I will be looking at their books - Searcy's "Fusion" and Waltz's "First Impressions" - to help your church understand and apply key principles in welcoming guests and members.

Family's coming - let's get ready!

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