Attracting and Retaining People in the Church
By engaging in community outreach and personally connecting with both potential and long-time church members, church leaders can usher in a new, prosperous age for their congregations.
In Attracting and Retaining People in the Church, Reverend Geary Reid advises Christian church leaders on how to reinvigorate their services and programs to fill up their pews. To flourish in the twenty-first century, churches must learn how to adapt to changing circumstances. Most significantly, Reid emphasizes the importance of community engagement and outreach. Ideally, churches are places of spiritual and personal comfort. Good, effective church leaders must personally connect with their flocks and foster a nurturing environment in their churches. Furthermore, for optimum success, church leaders should learn how to promote their churches on social media, make their services and programs more group-oriented, and inspire a new generation of believers.
Indeed, the future of a church depends, in no small part, on the guidance, cordiality, and warmth of its leader. In order to grow, a church must connect with its members more intimately. With the knowledge contained in this book, church leaders can simultaneously revitalize their churches and increase their congregations.
Increasing the membership of the body of Christ seems difficult for some church leaders to achieve. However, there are so many things that believers can do to get more persons to attend churches. Once a person becomes connected with a church, then the leader and congregants must do everything necessary to retain that person in God’s house.
The Lord desires that more persons come to know him as Lord and Savior (1 Timothy 2:1-4), since he wants to save everyone. When sinners are saved, then they will need a place where they can fellowship regularly and participate in many of the things that other believers practice. The church becomes a school for both recently saved persons and those who are already walking in the Lord to learn more about God, practice their faith, and help each other to grow.
There are some persons who will leave the churches they have been attending, but each church must experience constant growth. Persons can participate in activities such as prayer meetings, Bible studies, and praise sessions to enhance their understanding and walk with the Lord. The believers must pray that God will save more sinners through their ministries and that those persons will want to fellowship at the same church where they received the gift of salvation.
Crusade and revival services often attract many persons to churches, as do healing and deliverance services. Concerts and cultural events often give persons opportunities to visit churches. Therefore, believers must properly plan these services and see God adding more persons to their congregation.
There are many persons who have not heard of some of the churches in their own communities. Therefore, the church leadership can plan community outreach, visitation, and tract sharing in order to interact with persons in those communities. When the church honors certain persons in the community, it causes many persons to become connected with the church, since they see the church as a loving and caring institution.
When church members are involved in the activities of learning institutions, they create more opportunities for the Lord to be known through the church to which they belong. Many parents are looking for churches to send their children to. When those children attend children’s ministry and Sunday school, they may invite their parents to join the same church. If baptism services are well planned, they can attract many persons to the church.
When members’ birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated, they feel a sense of appreciation that someone cares for them. This must be something churches do in order to attract and retain more members. Each church must henceforth be filled because its leaders know how to attract more persons to God’s house and retain them as members.
Currently, many church leaders struggle to fill up their pews. Perhaps their numbers have been dwindling for years, or maybe their churchgoers do not feel as connected to the church as they once did. How can church leaders reinvigorate their services and programs to increase their flock? What sorts of activities or events will most attract new members? How can a church more meaningfully connect with its community? In this book, Reverend Geary Reid offers answers to these questions—and many more. Ideally, a church should serve as a learning institution—a place where people go to feel closer to God. A church should thus promote a welcoming, nurturing environment. By engaging in community outreach and personally connecting with both potential and long-time church members, church leaders can usher in a new, prosperous age for their congregations.
As a reverend, Geary Reid knows how Christian churches operate—particularly, he knows what distinguishes a good church from a poor one. For over thirty years, Reid has served both his community and God. With the proper tools and resources, all churches can retain and attract new members. At its core, a church is a learning institution—a place where people go to feel closer to God. Thus, to serve God, church leaders should spread His wisdom to as many people as possible. Indeed, Reid’s hope is that other church leaders will use this book to engage with their communities, increase their congregations, and promote their churches.
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