Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Here’s your sign”

“Back-to-School” is almost here. Families in your community are making “new year resolutions”, moving into new school districts, looking for new programs for their children and/or aging parents, small groups to connect with, ministries to provide support… in short they

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Template for “Children’s Ministry Greeters Needed” Want-Ad.

Children’s Ministry Leaders: Are your “Back-to-School” August/September/October Greeters trained, scheduled and ready to serve? If not, recruitment should begin immediately. Try this template for a “Want Ad” for your bulletin, program or website: Wanted: Smiling, Approachable, Patient Greeters! The Children’s

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Don’t be caught off guard, new families are coming to your church, SOON!

A few years ago, researchers asked Pastors to track attendance and report the six highest attended services of the year. 93% said Easter Sunday has the highest attendance, followed by Christmas (84%), and Mother’s Day at 59%. The 4th highest

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Give a “Mystery Visitor” this assignment to gauge if your church is really Welcoming.

Of course you love your church and know everyone is welcome there.  But, do visitors feel the welcome? Are your first-time Visitors NOT returning for a second visit because of some small, correctable distraction? A tried and true way to

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Remembering a Visitor’s name is a “WOW”. Five tips to help you remember!

Author Keith Ferrazzi’s first piece of advice for remembering names is to decide to care. “If you make a conscious decision that you are going to remember names,” he explains, “because you care about the people you meet, you will

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Five BASICS needed to make a vistior feel comfortable and welcome at your church.

I don’t care how good the sermon is, how rockin’ the music sounds or how comfy the seats feel; if a First-time Visitor feels unaccepted, unwelcomed, uncomfortable, or intimidated; THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK, AND THERE WILL BE NO SECOND

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Five ways to identify Potential Distractions BEFORE your 1st-time Visitors arrive.

Mark Waltz, Connections Pastor at Granger Church and author of “First Impressions, Creating WOW experiences in your Church” believes that “Before we can be satisfied, we have to NOT be DISsatisfied. (yep, take a minute and let that sink in,

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People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” ― Theodore Roosevelt

Nowadays, we are all amazed if we get special treatment or receive real customer service. Is it because real customer service has become obsolete as business and society, as a whole, believe in quantity over quality? I challenge churches to give

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The Mid-Year Resolutionaries are coming, SOON!

Every church accepts that worship attendance is cyclical, even if they report “average” attendance to level out the numbers. A few years ago, researchers asked Pastors to track attendance and report the six highest attended services of the year. 93%

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Is it possible to be fully PRESENT when interacting with others?

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Matthew 10:40. Reverend Wendy Cordova, Gainesville (GA) First United Methodist Church asks this question:”What might it look like for us to be the kind of

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