The Magic Seven: Do this when the service ends… – Part 3 of 4

Last week in Part 2 of this series, we wrapped up how you can connect with your guests during the seven minutes before your Sunday service begins. We pick up today with how you can create opportunities in the seven minutes after the service ends.

As the bookend to your Sunday service, these seven minutes carry their own set of opportunities and rules for connecting:

Be accessible but not in the way
Position yourself in a place where you it’s easy for first-time guests to find you but not be forced to talk to you. For example, I like to stand near the area where we hand out our gifts to first-time guests.
You could also have your Worship Leader or other teaching pastors help in this area.

Hand out a gift for first-time guests
BTW yes you should be offering a gift to your newcomers. A book is a popular choice; we give out a copy of my book Unshakable, which is available for use in your church as well.

Don’t start teardown yet
This applies if you’re in a rented space. Train your team not to start teardown during these seven minutes, as it can be distracting when you’re trying to connect with guests.

Tune in next week for the final installment in this four part series. I’ll share with you the remaining ways you can connect with your guests in the seven minutes after the service ends.

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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