Invite, Welcome, Build Relationships, Empower, and Incorporate new people

This is an area that some people call evangelism. It begins by getting to know people and inviting them to join you in some activity that fits their needs and interests. Worship is not necessarily the entry way. Welcome is far more than the initial hello. It has to do with seeing from another person’s point of view, paying attention, providing information that is obvious to insiders, being friendly. This is not just the first couple of times, the path of inclusion takes many years. A thoughtful plan is helpful to congregations and some changes in behavior is often needed for well established congregations. Some resources to start thinking.

  1. http://www.wikihow.com/Invite-Someone-to-Church
  2. http://blog.chron.com/thepeacepastor/2013/08/20-ways-how-to-make-someon…
  3. http://www.ucc.org/evangelism/e-word/
  4. The Membership journey from an UU perspective
    http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/documents/congservices/…
  5. This is an Assimilation plan
    https://prezi.com/_a-rg0cra6hd/copy-of-assimilationintegration-process-…