by Bobby Benavides
The time is upon us when our church is filled with people, some regular attenders, but a large amount of visitors. There will be many visitors, from out of town family to those seeking to find healing this holiday season. We love seeing so many people come through our doors, but sometimes we miss the opportunity to engage the people who are coming in for the first time and tell them how excited we are to have them with us to celebrate Jesus.
In fact, the immediate question many churches ask is, “How can we retain visitors?”—more so during the holidays—and the scramble is on for ways to entice the newcomers to be regular attendees.
Perhaps this isn’t the best question to ask. What if we thought more about how to leave a lasting impression beyond Sunday, just in case these visitors choose not to come back?
Here is a list of five ways we can welcome visitors and make them feel at home without causing anyone to feel overwhelmed.
1) WELCOMING TEAM: This might seem like a no-brainer, but the reality is many churches do not have a well-trained or equipped welcoming team. A group of people equipped to handle questions, direct people to Sunday school classes, restrooms, etc., could go a long way in helping visitors feel welcome. In fact, this would be a great place for adults and children to work together to greet people with a smile and a handshake.
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