12 Easter Tips

Easter is coming. Are you ready? Will you make a great first impression? Review these tips and plan to do so: Found People Find People! Invite someone to attend with you on Easter Sunday. People are very receptive to attend church on Easter so think about a neighbor, work associate,…

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Ten Things to Do with First Time Guests

First time guests won’t become second time guests unless we make a good impression. Consider these suggestions working with your guests: Call them “guests” not “visitors.”  The term visitor denotes that they are just passing through and will probably not be back. Do you have a visitor’s bedroom or a…

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The Invasion of the Chris-ters!

OK…what is a Chris-ter? Well, it is those folks who attend our worship on Christmas and Easter only, hence Christmas and Easter equals…Chris-ters. When I pastored we always had an increase in worship on those two Sundays because the Chris-ters really came out and boosted our attendance. So what should…

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Post Easter Follow Up

I know most of us are wiped out from Easter Sunday. Many churches did an extra worship in order to reach more people. In all of my pastorates we added one or two worship times and saw the highest attendance of the year. With all the special preparation for sermons,…

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7 Ways to Welcome Christmas Guests

Many new guests will walk through your church’s front door in December, maybe even some members who have been absent for a long time. During these special days, make sure you are ready to make everyone who enters your church feel welcomed and at home. Hospitality is biblical. Romans 12:13…

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The VELCRO Principle, Part 1

These series of blogs will help you keep the people you reach. One of the challenges churches face today is not only getting new people to attend but getting people to stick after they join and not slide off. Would you say your church is more like Velcro (people stick)…

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Will They Find It Here?

Will they find it here? Churches and associations all across Kentucky are excited about “Find It Here.” This effort has involved prayer walking (or driving if you are out in the country), and delivering 1.5 million bags that contain a Gospel tract, information about local Baptist churches, and a special…

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Guests: Five Follow Up Principles

One of the most important things a church does is to follow up on guests who visit the church or any activity sponsored by the church. It is a key to church growth. Each church must customize what works best in their particular setting. Churches today are rethinking the follow…

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Getting Ready for Guests, Part 3

Romans 12:13 says, “Practice hospitality.” Churches need to be places that are hospitable, friendly, loving, and welcoming. They should be places where people smile and one can easily see the love of Jesus. This is Part 3 in this series on making guests feel welcome, but to be honest we…

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Let People Know You Care

In my last post, I pointed out that the “C” in C.L.O.S.I.N.G. the Back Door stands for Creating A Welcoming Environment. Creating a welcoming environment involves OPENING the front door of your church in order to increase the number of first-time guests. A church cannot grow without visitors. The “L” in C.L.O.S.I.N.G. the…

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