Easter Sunday seems to bring more people to church than any other day. So, chances are you saw some new faces. Let me encourage you to follow up with them.
You don’t need to be a pastor or staff member. Often, volunteers reach visitors in ways that church staff can’t. Why? Volunteers have often already interacted with visitors (as a Sunday School teacher, greeter, etc.) and may come across as less intimidating than a pastor.
So, if it’s available, get their contact information and let them know you are glad they came! In the days of social media saturation, a hand written card or letter will speak volumes.
Here are a few suggestions for what to include in your letter:
- Love: Let them know God love’s them. If a new kid visited your Sunday School class, perhaps describe God to them, telling them how he created the earth and everything it. Share with them John 3:16.
- Appreciation: Tell them something encouragin you noticed. Perhaps, something you talked about in a conversation or their enthusiasm during worship
- Summary: Summarize a key point from the sermon (adults) or Children’s lesson. You might say, “I am so glad you were able to be here as we talked about ….”
- Simplicity: Keep it simple. You don’t need to write several paragraphs about God and the gospel. Larry Moyer likes to say, “The Bible is 66 books, but the gospel is 10 words: Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.”
- Incentive: Give them a reason to come back. Tell them what is coming up in future weeks, and why you think it is important for them to hear.
You don’t have to utilize each suggestion, but hopefully something will be of benefit. As you get out your pen and paper, say a prayer. You never know how God might use you!