Opening Service follow-up

Posted by admin | The Phone's for You | Thursday 2 April 2009 12:20 pm

Follow-up after Grand Opening service

Sunday night

Your big day is over. If you do not have an evening service, chill out with the family. If you have an evening service, celebrate aftewards.  Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for all who attended. Your kids need to hear Dad thanking the Father for His perfect will in the opening service. Church planting is much more than getting a church launched. It is about you, your family, and your flock getting to know God together.

Pity Parties Not Allowed

Do I hear you wishing that you had more at your opening service? Join the club. It is ok to never be quite satisfied with spiritual results. Paul wasn’t [ Bretheren, I count not myself to have apprehended (spiritually arrived) – Phil. 3:13]. God brought His number to your service.  He never cooks the books. Fact is, you will see phone-folks come to your church weeks and months from today. Anyone have any testimonies of this? E-mail me facts and blessings of opening service.

Monday morning

Clean up your Mail List by going through all of your Call-Back lists and deleting those who asked to be taken off the list.

Start a new database of visitors and include all visitor cards you collected on opening day. Send them a brief visitor’s letter in US mail. If you have their e-mail address, e-mail visitor’s letter also.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Follow-up (YES!)

Norm Whan, founder of Phone’s For You, suggests that you visit all first service attendees as soon as possible. If you have the time and manpower, I heartily concur. Have ladies bake cookies, put them inside some kind of cutesy doily bag, tie up with sweety-pie lavender or mauve ribbon (whatever), and deliver said goodies to each visitor. If you choose to sample cookies during delivery (Nehemiah did!), carefully replace ribbon back to original bow-tie configuration. Wear latex gloves to eliminate DNA evidence.  You need to have some fun now. Church planting can be tough.

Seriously, you have two goals for each cookie visit. First, get in the house. If you sense a positive reaction at the door, say,

“Mr. Bob, we sure enjoyed having you at our service yesterday! Our ladies have baked some cookies for you. May we come in for just a few minutes and visit?”

Second, share the gospel. Of course you will spend a few minutes chit-chatting, asking questions about them and their family. But keep in mind as you talk that the main thing is the main thing is the main thing – which is the gospel. You may find folks who are under conviction and ready to come to Christ. Go for souls!

Long Term Follow-up with Mail List

It may take several weeks, or months, to visit every first service attendee. When you have accomplished this, begin visiting those on your mail list who have NOT yet attended. Here is the beauty of the phone program. After making all the call-backs and making deletes, you now have a visitation list of hundreds of contacts to visit. You have contacted them seven times with two phone calls and five pieces of mail. If you visit them within six months or so, most will remember the name of your church and will be receptive at the door.

You planted your church because of your heart to fulfull the Great Commission. Go with your heart!

Press on!