10 Things Church Guests Never Want to Hear

10 Things Visitors Never Want to HearAs we gear up for summer first-time guests, here is a great reminder on what NOT to do in welcoming them, from Ben Reed, the small groups pastor at Long Hollow, a multi-site church in the Nashville, TN area.

  1. Our pastor isn’t normally this ________.
  2. We’re full. Sorry. 
  3. What are you doing here?
  4. You can’t serve now … you’ve got to be a member first.
  5. We don’t believe in serving coffee on Sunday mornings.
  6. What’s your address? I didn’t catch it on the first six forms I had you fill out.
  7. You want to join a small group? You’ll have to wait until next fall
  8. Here we just care about the Truth. If you don’t like it, you can leave.
  9. Here are the 38 things we do each week as a church.
  10. Next time, could you make sure to wear ________.

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P.S. For more tips and tools on how to welcome your first-time guests this summer – and keep them coming back – pick up my best-selling resource, The Assimilation Seminar, for just $25 between today and Tuesday, May 20th. Click here to learn more.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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