A church which is welcoming and builds on-going relationships with people
The research found that growth in numbers was more likely if a church was welcoming and had an atmosphere of belonging and caring.
Extending a warm welcome is the first step, and first impressions at the door and over the post-service coffee matter. However, being a welcoming church means more than this. People need to feel at home and part of the church family if they are to belong, to start getting involved, and to keep coming.
Key facts from the research:
- Although inviting friends to church isn't easy for many people, the most direct route to growth comes from inviting and welcoming family, friends and acquaintances.
- Making contact with potential new members after they attend services or activities is also important for growth.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35