Yesterday I finished Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church by Nelson Searcy. As soon as I finished it I picked up another book by Searcy, Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church. I thoroughly enjoyed Ignite and look forward to reading Fusion as well. Both contain very clear and practical ideas for how we might first attract people to our churches and secondly help ensure that they connect once they do arrive.
As I reflect on it, Searcy’s main focus can be summed up in one word – intentional. Ignite challenges the reader to be intentional about how churches reach out to and communicate with people who have not yet come through their doors. Fusion challenges the reader to be intentional about how those persons are integrated into the life of the community once they do come through the doors.
In my ministry I hope to be intentional about:
- Developing the church’s presence in the community
- Preaching sermons that are meaningful for members and non-members alike
- Encouraging parishioners to be in the habit of inviting friends, family, and co-workers to join them in church
- Providing parishioners with tools to help them invite others to church
- Assuring that the church is a warm and welcoming place to which people want to return
- Monitoring attendance and participation in the life of the church
- Following up when a person’s attendance and participation patterns quickly shift
- Creating opportunities for people to deepen their faith in God through involvement in the church
How about you? What would you add to that list? In what ways do you seek to be intentional in your ministry? What tools or resources have you found to be helpful in this work?