The Start to Finish Church Experience Through The Eyes Of An Unreached Guests Connecting Guests to Each Other Pathways Without Pressure Small Things May Be Tipping Points Acting Your Size and Age Building The Listeners Confidence That They Can Understand and Apply the Bible Making Every Moment Meaningful for Adults and Kids
My Experience Start to Finish 1.I had a hard time finding the time & and place on the website 2.I saw that they believed some things I do not believe and wondered if that matters 3.I did not see signs coming up to building and wondered if I was in the right place 4.I did not see signs as to where to park or what door to enter 5.I noticed very few cars and I wondered if very many people were coming to this church
My Experience Start to Finish 6.I wondered which room I was supposed to go into (no sign) 7.I needed to go the washroom, but I did not want to ask anyone where it was 8.Most everyone had printed name tags, but I a hand written one 9.I saw the refreshment table so I went over got some coffee, then I saw I was expected to pay for it. I only had a $20. 10.Others had a program but I did not get one
My Experience Start to Finish 11. I noticed lots of clutter on the stage 12.Nobody talked to me besides the official greeters at the door 13.It was time to start but nothing was happening yet 14.Lots of chairs were not being used 15.The seats I would have liked were taken 16.There were papers or pens on the empty seats, so I wondered if they were saved 17.The chairs were very close together. I hoped no one would sat next to me.
My Experience Start to Finish 18.Without explanation the first thing that happened was a childrens song 19.We were welcomed and then told stand up and get to know the people around us 20.Someone passed me a sympathy card for me to sign for someone I did not know 21.Then came a song that reminded me of a love song to Jesus.
My Experience Start to Finish 22.After repeating that song several times, we did another and an another 23.The announcement time seems long, and they gave a lot of details. 24.They said the card I was suppose to fill out was mainly for visitors, and the others were to do it to so they could keep attendance. 25. The message was good, but it was hard to always connect from the screen to what I was supposed to put in the blanks.
My Experience Start to Finish 26.Sometime I felt bad that I did not know some of the Bible stories that I was suppose to 27.Overall it seems like this service was for those already fully convinced not for some like me 28.After the message they passed the offering plate to get the card and a offering 29. Afterward I hung around for their 10 minute party.
1. Bring pleasure to God 2.Present the Gospel as good news Determine your goals for your Sunday services
Why Be Sensitive to Seekers? "So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind?" 1 Corinthians 14:23 1 Corinthians 14:23
3. Create an environment of grace and truth DETERMINE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR SUNDAY SERVICES
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. John 17:22
4.Inspire commitment 5.Connect people to each other 6.Involve people in corporate evangelism 7.Make every second count DETERMINE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR SUNDAY SERVICES
8.Appeal To Men As Well as Women 9.Help people learn to correctly interpret and humbly apply the Bible DETERMINE YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR SUNDAY SERVICES
Project: Which of these goals do you need to work on most? How are you going to do it?
What unchurched guests are thinking as they come in: Will these people accept me? Do these people want me around? Do these people understand me? Are these people for real? Will I be embarrassed? Will I be pressured? Will my buddies see me going to church? Will I be singled out?
How to Do Small Church Well 2.Be exceptionally hospitable Always be eager to practice hospitality. Rom. 12:13b NLT Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. I Pe 4:9
"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Heb. 13:2
Design a strategy for greeting guests Pick friendly people who match your primary targetPick friendly people who match your primary target Place greeters and ushers in strategic locationsPlace greeters and ushers in strategic locations Use both males and femalesUse both males and females Train them in what to sayTrain them in what to say Train everyone to be hospitableTrain everyone to be hospitable
NAME TAG HOW TOS NAME TAG HOW TOS 1.All name-tags must be the SAME 2.First name only 3.EVERYONE wears one 4. Place nametag TABLES in key traffic areas
CONNECT GUESTS TO EACH OTHER 1.Name tags 2.Refreshments 3.Connecters 4.Next step events 5.Bible Fellowships
How to Do Small Church Well 4.Use communication cards The Pathway Without Pressure
Why use a card? 1.Reveals how GOD IS WORKING in peoples lives 2.Encourages EXPRESSIONS of impressions 3.MINI-STEP toward Christ & church 4.Enables FUTURE communication 5.It keeps you IN TOUCH with your flock. 6.Helps EVALUATE and track progress
How to use a card? 1.Use an actual card 2.Tailor it for the week 3.Put one in every program 4.Announce it early 5.Clarify it is for everyone 6.Talk about it wisely 7.Use it for your invitation
Donts related to cards 1.Dont ask for ages 2.Dont ask if divorced 3.Dont put too much on it 4.Dont ask regulars fill out everything