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Welcoming Visitors



Slides for a workshop on welcoming visitors to Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Slides for a workshop on welcoming visitors to Unitarian Universalist congregations.



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Welcoming Visitors Welcoming Visitors Presentation Transcript

  • Now Is the Time Top 10 Things You Can Do to Welcome Visitors
  • Facts about Seekers in Our Congregations
    • Studies show that those who enter our doors as seekers are looking for
    • Stability.
    • A place that feels like “home.”
    • A place to be personally recognized and welcomed.
  • 10. First Time Visitors Page
  • Answers to Visitors’ FAQs
    • How do I get to the church?
    • Where can I park?
    • What are your services like?
    • What happens during Fellowship Hour?
    • Do you have child care and classes for children and teens?
    • What if I have trouble hearing, seeing, and/or getting around?
    • Where can I find out more information about what's going on this Sunday?
    • Are there classes for newcomers?
  • 9. Parking
    • Reserve Some Spaces for Visitors
  • 8. Put Out the Welcome Mat
    • Hang a “Welcome Friends” banner outside the main entrance or inside the foyer
  • 7. Facilities Audit
    • Exterior Signs
    • Grounds
    • Parking
    • Building Entry
    • Interior Signs
    • Worship Area
  • Facilities Audit
    • Religious Education Area
    • Social Area
    • Kitchen
    • Rest Rooms
    • Offices
    • Bulletin Boards
  • 6. Guest Form in Pews
  • 5. Guest Survey
  • 4. Stock Up on Brochures
  • Becoming a Member
    • What it means to join a congregation
  • The Flaming Chalice
    • History and significance of the chalice
  • Unitarian Universalist Origins
    • Overview of European and North American UU history
  • We Are Unitarian Universalists
    • An introduction to what we believe and celebrate
  • Welcome to Unitarian Universalism
    • A Community of Truth, Service, Holiness and Love
  • Our Unitarian Universalist Faith
    • Frequently Asked Questions
  • 3. Offer a Newcomers Class
    • A Chosen Faith
    • Consider Using the Seven-Session Outline
    • Available from Beacon Press
  • 2. Greet Visitors Thoughtfully
    • Use "phantom greeters," regular attendees who like to talk to people and are knowledgeable about the church.
    • They do not identify themselves as part of a greeting program, but simply as members when they approach newcomers.
  • 1. Go Through 100+ Ideas
    • Choose a handful you can do right away:
    • Appoint someone to be responsible for following up on all visitors.
    • Assign "buddies" to every visitor.
    • Make regular announcements regarding how one becomes a member.
    • Take time in the service to joyfully welcome all visitors.
  • Online Resources
  • Online Resources
    • The Membership Journey