I visit a lot of churches. I love seeing how different churches reach different people for Christ. I also find it fascinating to see how well different churches make people feel welcomed and cared for. It hurts me to say this, but I am disappointed in the latter more than I am encouraged. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve filled out a ‘connection card’ only to experience no connection at all. I can’t help but wonder whether this process really matters to these churches. Their words say that it does, but their actions say something completely different.
If you’re one of those churches that doesn’t do follow up well, I want to challenge and encourage you. You’ll find the challenge in 1 Peter 5:2–4, where we are called to be shepherds of His flock. You’ll find the encouragement below in the form of very real benefits I’ve seen in churches that do the connection process well.
7 ways your church will benefit from a solid connection process
- You’ll effectively map how a guest is integrated into your community. This helps church leaders remember what it's like to be a first-time guest and take the first steps towards becoming more involved in the church. It can also help you spot holes in your process or identify information you could provide guests that you are currently leaving them to figure out themselves.
- You’ll develop a ‘process mindset’ that can be replicated and reproduced in other parts of your church. Good process is critical to the implementation of clear vision. The disciplines you will learn as you develop a good connection process can be used with children, volunteers, small group leaders, and more.
- You’ll be able to measure what’s working and what isn’t. Remember, you can’t improve what you don’t measure. When you take time to evaluate your connection process and measure the number of people in each phase of your ministry, from guest to serving, you can spot the strengths and improve the weaknesses of your process.
- You’ll experience increased giving, serving, and impact. Intentional followup moves a higher percentage of people into the core of your ministry. People in the core are more likely to be faithful givers, volunteers, and disciple makers.
- You’ll multiply disciples instead of the ‘frozen chosen’. Churches that care about getting people connected make it a lot harder to just sit and consume.
- You’ll help people discover gifts they didn’t know they had. God has given your members unique gifts and a purpose that He wants to fulfill through your church. When you help them get ‘active’, those gifts come alive.
- You’ll attract a lot more people. When people feel cared for and connected to a compelling vision, they tell a lot of other people about it.
Please don’t miss this: The quality of your connections process has a massive impact on the spiritual temperature of your ministry. If you need help developing this process, our coaching service can help. You can also learn more by downloading our free resource, Four Processes that Drive How People Connect with Your Church.
How many times have you heard about someone that left your church because they couldn’t connect?