There are ten things pastors can do to break down growth barriers in their church. One way to break these barriers is to prepare for your guests. You must do more than say we have a welcoming environment. You must intentionally craft steps for people to take.
I Peter 4:9 says: "Show hospitality to one another without grumbling." Hebrews 13:2 says some of us have actually entertained angels without knowing. So there is a Biblical mandate to show hospitality.
A church that’s friendly to guests is a church that takes the Bible seriously.
You have at least four opportunities to show hospitality to guests:
- Your website should set expectations.
- Your first impressions team should say, "Hello!"
- Your church service should explain everything.
- Your follow-up process should create conversations.
Pastors that lead their church through the next growth barrier create intentional processes. In your church, what happens when someone visits? If you don't know, put a process in place and use the same steps every time.
Would phone calls, note cards, or text messages help people get connected? Could you provide a personal guide to help new people make friends? Are you leading people to one, super-clear next step? Have you written down or sketched out your process?
Preparing for guests is one of 10 things churches can do to break growth barriers. To discover the other nine, click HERE.