welcoming

6 simple ways to make visitors feel more comfortable at your church

6 simple ways to make visitors feel more comfortable at your church

What I’ve noticed is, no matter what size your church is, there are some really simple things you can do to make your church feel more welcoming to visitors. We don’t know what background or experience our visitors have had with churches in the past (or if they’ve had any experience at all) and so we want to be welcoming without being overwhelming.

Small churches are often very good at welcoming; it’s one of our greatest strengths. We can easily spot someone who’s not part of the usual crowd, and go and welcome them. But no matter how much your church might pride itself on its welcoming, there is always room for improvement, and these simple ideas will make a world of difference to your visitors.

What to include in your church welcome emails

What to include in your church welcome emails

There are many preferred methods of follow-up for church visitors: some churches go for a text message, or a courtesy phone call, or even an official pastoral visit! And while none of these methods are wrong (they might be super effective for you!), I personally think that following-up with church visitors via email is the bee's knees.

Here's why I prefer email:

It's personal, but not invasive

Let’s face it: visiting a church for the first time and then having the pastor show up at your door the next day is...a unique strategy.

It reminds me of a story my friend used to tell: when she was a little girl, a boy from her class who’d never spoken to her showed up at her house unexpectedly and gave her jewellery.

The ultimate system for welcoming and integrating church visitors

The ultimate system for welcoming and integrating church visitors

My church has a problem. Yours might too.

We have around 100 welcoming, friendly, loving, God-fearing people. Those people are pretty great at pouncing on any newcomers that appear (after all, we're not a big church, and it's always a great injection of vibrancy when a new person shows up, not to mention the fact that we also very keen to share the gospel with anyone interested in listening!)

However, once those exciting wonderful newcomers walk out those front doors after the service, they are gone forever.

Not because we weren't welcoming, or the music wasn't to their taste or the coffee was bad, but because we didn't follow up with them. Ever.

I like to call it the Friendly But No Follow Up Trap.