Alright, many of you who read this are on staff at a church and probably have to “endure” your staff meetings. I’ll admit, I do to, sometimes. Today we got some nuggets from Outreach Magazine (Sept/Oct 2007), that I couldn’t pass up.
5 Tips for Visitor Gift Bags (Heather Johnson)
- The Right Bag: have you thought through how the bag itself communicates your church’s vibe?
- Cool Contents: “Gift bag items should be so ‘cool’ that even spiritually uncertain people won’t care that they have a church logo on them.” I loved this one: pad of paper with logo on it, you always need scratch paper. What items are in your gift bags?
- Informational Materials: include a signed letter from the pastor, mission, vision, etc. I would add a CD or DVD.
- Evangelistic Mission: (I loved this one) include a small stack of blank church business cards with maps to use as personal invitations.
- Dynamic Delivery: (this one’s obvious) “The gift bags are only as good as the delivery team”.
How Important is a Building? (Thom S. Rainer and Sam S. Rainer III)
- The church facility plays an important role in attracting the unchurched.
- The church building us not the primary motivating factor for the unchurched.
- The worship area is the unchurched’s favorite part of the church.
- The unchurched blame poor finances for unattractive buildings.
Is Assimilation Manipulation? (Outreach)
- 6% of you are relentless in your pursuit of visitors since they rarely make the first move.
- 29% of you use programs to connect visitors.
- 55% of you build relationships in order to assimilate guests. You avoid programs and believe in simply befriending guests.
- 16% of you don’t push guests, but simply believe in the ability of the Holy Spirit to bring people to your church and to the Lord.