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I’m Never Coming Back to This Church: A Church Staff’s Guide to Visitors

, 2016
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You can’t change people’s hearts or control how they respond to an encounter with Jesus. But there are very real steps you can take to encourage church visitors to give that encounter another shot next week. This free ebook shows you how to make new people feel welcome and establish a clear plan to follow up with every visitor who steps through your door—so you can start saying, “Welcome back.”

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  • Let’s Talk about Church Growth
  • Welcome: The Art of Hospitality
  • Relationships: The Reason People Stay
  • Follow-up: The Window of Opportunity
  • Sermons: The Extra Mile

Top Highlights

“A good mantra for preparing your service for visitors is, ‘Assume nothing. Explain everything.’ Without context, new people are going to get lost.” (source)

“You’re trying to build long-term relationships with people in your community, not make a sale.” (source)

“Helping church visitors build relationships has to be a high priority if you want them to stick around.” (source)

“if new people can’t keep up with what you’re doing, saying, or asking them to do, they’re not going to come back.” (source)

“Do your greeters learn people’s names? Do they tell people to talk to them if they have questions? Do they ask people if they’ve been to your church before?” (source)

  • Title: I’m Never Coming Back to This Church: A Church Staff’s Guide to Visitors
  • Author: Ryan Nelson
  • Publisher: Proclaim
  • Print Publication Date: 2016
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 26
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Church management
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-18T21:38:38Z

Ryan Nelson is a volunteer leader for Young Life and a blogger for Faithlife in Bellingham, Washington. He’s the author of Called to Create and Can Someone Please Volunteer?. He frequently writes for the Proclaim blog.


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