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

Last week in Part 3 of this series, we started to talk about how you can create opportunities to connect with your guests in the seven minutes after the church service ends.

In the conclusion of our four part series, here are the remaining ways you can best connect with your guests:

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

Have some assistance near you for greater pastoral needs
Meet and greet as many guests as you can but you may encounter times when someone needs more time than you can offer. Either ask them to wait for a few moments until you have spoken to all your other guests, or introduce them to another pastor or volunteer.

Use those connection tools
Just as you did during the first seven minutes, have business cards available to hand out. Carry a notecard to write down info on people you meet. And introduce your guests to members and regular attenders when appropriate.

Be warm but not overwhelming
Put your best, most friendly face forward but be sensitive to how much or how little your newcomers want to engage with you. Sometimes they are in a hurry to leave and sometimes they seek you out to introduce themselves. Adapt to their comfort level.

A final reminder
These strategies for what to do during The Magic Seven should be taught to your key volunteers and staff, and reinforced on a regular basis. Share these reminders in your monthly staff meeting and also
weekly when you meet before the service.

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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