Fall will be here before we know it, and that means it’s time for another new beginning! Sure, January might be the beginning of the calendar year. But in the church world, we kick things off in Fall. So right now is the best time to start strategically planning for one of your busiest times of the year, a time when more first-time guests will show up than during any other season. We’re here to help!
This is the time to begin stockpiling first-time guest resources like Next Step Booklets, welcome bags, and inviting Signage. I’d suggest that you even dedicate an entire teaching series to promoting the vision and purpose of your church with one of the most powerful series we’ve ever done, The Table Series! Then, transform all those first-time guests into committed members with the Table Talk classes!
We have so many incredible resources for you to take advantage of at CreativePastors.com. Don’t miss out on changing lives and getting those first-timers connected to your church with these resources! I look forward to hearing all about what the next few months and your Fall kick-off do for the life of your church!
Top 4 Ways to Welcome First-time Guests:
1. First Time Guest Booth:
Make them feel like a VIP! Reserving front-row spots in the parking lot and strategically placing your best greeters to welcome First Time Guests is a great way to make their first impression the best. Their experience starts in the parking lot and doesn’t end until they get back in the car so make sure your welcome team looks inviting from head to toe. Having a First Time Guest booth at the entrance of the church is very important, this gives them something to look for if they have questions, or somewhere to go if they feel lost. Have goodie bags and first-time guest signage on hand and give these guests the warmest welcome you can!
2. Next Step Booklet
Now that they’re here, they need to know what to do next! Placing a Next Step booklet in the seatback in front of everyone gives them easy access to information on what their next steps are in their walk with God and as a member of the church!
3. Membership Classes:
After the experience, be sure to have greeters holding signs directing people to your Growth Track or Table Talk classes! Get them involved in the church and cast your vision to them as they become a member of your church family!
4. Get Volunteers Ready:
Pump up the volunteers on Sundays!! Hold a vision-casting meeting, serve breakfast, and rally the amazing people that make things happen every weekend!