Published by Baker Books Genres: church ministry
As a member of the local church, I have been wanting to do more to see God’s kingdom grow. At church, we sometimes have visitors attend regularly only to disappear after 1-2 visits; others become members. While I know God’s conviction plays a huge part in whether or not they return and decide to join, I often wonder why some don’t. Satan’s deception may play a part in it, yet I wonder if there’s more I (we) could be doing as a church body.
Reading a complimentary copy of the book featured below, I have found some wonderful ideas to present to my church family. While some ideas conflict with our beliefs regarding non-members teaching, etc, I have found the book quite valuable. There are several areas that will potentially benefit our church if implemented:
- A questionnaire to help the local church score their current procedures in following up with recent visitors, as well as templates to get you started.
- A different perspective on Biblical hospitality I hadn’t considered.
- How first impressions are important, even in the church.
- Membership classes that could be offered, if not already taught seasonally as we currently do to remind all members of the local church’s purpose.
I like how these churches are tracking visitors and follow up, allowing them to further their reach. Our church is pretty good about following up with visitors; after reading this book, I do see room for a few changes and additions to what we are currently doing.