Item description for Beyond the First Visit: The Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church by Gary L. McIntosh...
Overview This practical book offers sound advice on assessing and improving the ways in which churches attract people, welcome them, do follow-up, and bring them into the church family.
Publishers Description All churches like to think that theirs is the friendliest in town. But do visitors see it that way? Church consultant Gary McIntosh invites readers to take a look at their church through the eyes of visitors and potential visitors. His starting point, grounded in an understanding of God as a "welcomer," is that churches should see those who enter their doors as not merely visitors, but as guests, and themselves as gracious hosts. This practical book offers sound advice on assessing and improving the ways in which churches attract people, welcome them, do follow-up, and bring them into the church family. It also offers suggestions for making a welcoming attitude part of the very fabric of the local church.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.81" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801091845 ISBN13 9780801091841
Availability 61 units. Availability accurate as of May 26, 2017 12:01.
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More About Gary L. McIntosh
Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written twenty books, including Biblical Church Growth, Beyond the First Visit, and Taking Your Church to the Next Level. He lives in Temecula, California. Charles Arn (EdD, University of Southern California) is professor of Christian ministry at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University, and president of Church Growth, Inc., where he is responsible for research, design, and development of instructional materials. He has thirty-four years of experience in leading training events for churches and denominations throughout North America and the world. He is known as a leading voice in the church growth movement. He lives in Glendora, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond the First Visit?
Worth the read Nov 9, 2006
He has several, practical steps for making your church more hospitable. From the 10 foot rule, to the 5 minute rule, to such advice as "Recruit for attitude, Train for people for skills," it was worth the purchase.
To be inclusive, we must first ask, who do we exclude? Oct 16, 2006
Dr. Gary McIntosh has a passion for people finding their way into and being adopted by faith communities.
As the Church transitions from modernity (with its catechetical mentality of people needing to know what they believe and how to behave before they can belong) to postmodernity (where people often want to belong before they believe), Beyond the First Visit is a guidebook for the shifts that congregations need to make to help people feel a part instead of being left apart.
How churches invite, greet, incorporate and train their people matters. This is a wonderful text on all fronts.
Rev. Dr. R. Kevin Murphy Saint Matthew Lutheran Church Walnut Creek, CA