Lets use our imaginations:
Imagine you’ve been invited over to someone’s house, and you don’t really know anyone going, but you know the host a little and you’re interested in getting to know them more.
When you get to the party, no one greets you or talks to you, and you sit in a corner alone until you can’t bear it anymore, and you get up and leave to go home, feeling sad and a bit humiliated.
What if when you arrived at the party, instead of being ignored, one of the host’s friends came up and introduced themselves and a few of their friends, and you chatted for ages, shared some laughs and nibbles, and went home with your heart full. In the next day or two that person sends you a text saying how great it was to meet you, and hopefully they’ll see you at the next shindig.
You’d feel glad that you’d gone to the party, right? You might even go along to the next one, especially now that you know you’ve got a friend.
Follow up with church visitors is important, peeps! Now, let’s talk about how to do it!
Introducing, the Welcome Card system…
You might also know the welcome card as a connect card, prayer card, communications card, care card… or something similar.
I’m talking about the card that you hand out to church visitors to grab their contact details in a (hopefully!) non-creepy or invasive way.
Now, you might have a welcome card already, but do you have a system in place that will ensure that every visitor will receive and fill out your church’s welcome card?
1 | Simplify your card
Cut the unnecessary details from your welcome card. We don’t want this card to be a giant-government-esque need-to-know-everything card. We just want to know one way to best contact the visitor after the service, to let them know how much we appreciated them for coming along. That’s it.
The less details you ask for on a welcome or connection card, the more likely it is that someone will fill it out.
Here are some examples of super simple, but very effective welcome cards (the first asks for a little more information than the second):