How to Make a Great First Impression This Sunday Before the First Song is Even Sung

The pre-service is your first opportunity to interact with everyone who sets foot on your church’s property – from first-time guests to long-time members – but its purpose and influence is particularly important for first-timers.

Think of it this way: Your pre-service mission, if you choose to accept it, is to do everything you can to take your guest’s guard down (and even put a smile on his face) before the service begins.

There are four primary ways you can influence your guests during the pre-service.  By controlling how they are:

  • Greeted
  • Directed
  • Treated
  • Seated

Creating an environment that makes your first-time guests feel both welcomed and respected is key to winning a return visit and beginning the process of assimilating them well.

When God entrusts you with first-time guests, you face an incredible responsibility. One of the best ways to acknowledge your guests as the gifts they are is by having a pre-service in place that will far exceed their expectations and create that elusive positive first impression.

You’ll excite them to want to visit your church again and again, so that they can ultimately learn about the excellence, graciousness, hospitality and generosity of the One after whom you are modeling everything you do.

To learn more about how to Greet, Direct, Treat, and Seat your first time guests, click here to pick up a FREE copy of my brand new e-book, How to Make a Great First-Time Guest Impression. 

Your partner in ministry,


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About Nelson Searcy

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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