Welcoming Visitors


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

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  • Welcoming Visitors

    1. 1. Now Is the Time Top 10 Things You Can Do to Welcome Visitors
    2. 3. Facts about Seekers in Our Congregations <ul><li>Studies show that those who enter our doors as seekers are looking for </li></ul><ul><li>Stability. </li></ul><ul><li>A place that feels like “home.” </li></ul><ul><li>A place to be personally recognized and welcomed. </li></ul>
    3. 4. 10. First Time Visitors Page
    4. 5. Answers to Visitors’ FAQs <ul><li>How do I get to the church? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I park? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your services like? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens during Fellowship Hour? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have child care and classes for children and teens? </li></ul><ul><li>What if I have trouble hearing, seeing, and/or getting around? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find out more information about what's going on this Sunday? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there classes for newcomers? </li></ul>
    5. 6. 9. Parking <ul><li>Reserve Some Spaces for Visitors </li></ul>
    6. 7. 8. Put Out the Welcome Mat <ul><li>Hang a “Welcome Friends” banner outside the main entrance or inside the foyer </li></ul>
    7. 8. 7. Facilities Audit <ul><li>Exterior Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Parking </li></ul><ul><li>Building Entry </li></ul><ul><li>Interior Signs </li></ul><ul><li>Worship Area </li></ul>
    8. 9. Facilities Audit <ul><li>Religious Education Area </li></ul><ul><li>Social Area </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>Rest Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Offices </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Boards </li></ul>
    9. 10. 6. Guest Form in Pews
    10. 11. 5. Guest Survey
    11. 12. 4. Stock Up on Brochures
    12. 13. Becoming a Member <ul><li>What it means to join a congregation </li></ul>
    13. 14. The Flaming Chalice <ul><li>History and significance of the chalice </li></ul>
    14. 15. Unitarian Universalist Origins <ul><li>Overview of European and North American UU history </li></ul>
    15. 16. We Are Unitarian Universalists <ul><li>An introduction to what we believe and celebrate </li></ul>
    16. 17. Welcome to Unitarian Universalism <ul><li>A Community of Truth, Service, Holiness and Love </li></ul>
    17. 18. Our Unitarian Universalist Faith <ul><li>Frequently Asked Questions </li></ul>
    18. 19. 3. Offer a Newcomers Class <ul><li>A Chosen Faith </li></ul><ul><li>Consider Using the Seven-Session Outline </li></ul><ul><li>Available from Beacon Press </li></ul>
    19. 20. 2. Greet Visitors Thoughtfully <ul><li>Use &quot;phantom greeters,&quot; regular attendees who like to talk to people and are knowledgeable about the church. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not identify themselves as part of a greeting program, but simply as members when they approach newcomers. </li></ul>
    20. 21. 1. Go Through 100+ Ideas <ul><li>Choose a handful you can do right away: </li></ul><ul><li>Appoint someone to be responsible for following up on all visitors. </li></ul><ul><li>Assign &quot;buddies&quot; to every visitor. </li></ul><ul><li>Make regular announcements regarding how one becomes a member. </li></ul><ul><li>Take time in the service to joyfully welcome all visitors. </li></ul>
    21. 22. Online Resources
    22. 23. Online Resources <ul><li>The Membership Journey </li></ul>