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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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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