First impressions are everything — even in the church. Visiting a new church for the first time can be a nervous experience for some, or an exciting one for others depending on their circumstance. Think about it — Your visitors are seeking a spiritual home for themselves, and even their families, to put down roots and pursue Christ. That’s a heavy decision to make! Creating a well-rounded and memorable experience is key converting guests into members that grow to love and serve your ministry each week. [bctt tweet=”Creating a well-rounded and memorable experience is key converting guests into members that grow to love and serve your ministry each week.” via=”no”]

Here are 3 Ideas to Help Create the BEST Experience for New Guests

First-Time Guest Gifts

Though it may seem like a small detail, the gift you send your guests home with can further influence their decision to visit your church again. Sending your prospective members home with a gift shows that your church cares about investing in the experiences of their community. Great gift ideas your ministry can try out include:

  • Branded Drinkware
  • Custom Journals
  • Themed Goodie Bags

There are so many ways you can get creative with this. Check out our latest article and Pinterest Board for more gift ideas that will increase guest retention.

Visitors Lounge

First-time guests want to feel involved and welcomed when visiting churches. That means hospitality is key. When you create an intimate space specifically for visitors, it says — “Hey! We were expecting you, and care about your experience at our church!” A Visitor’s Lounge will give them face time with your staff to build relationships and learn more information about the church before and after service. This is also the perfect opportunity for collect guest information by having them download your branded church app. Now, you have another touch point with them when they walk out the doors. You can send them push notifications throughout the week to thank them for coming, invite them to upcoming events, and so much more! [bctt tweet=”First-time guests want to feel involved and welcomed when visiting churches. That means hospitality is key.” via=”no”]

Church Preview

Let’s be honest — there’s only so much you can share about the heart and mission of your ministry to guests during service. There are important details about your church that you want to share, and guests want to know! Consider hosting a Church Preview every quarter for first-time and recurring guests, as well as new members. Show guests how God is moving and better yet, how they can be involved. At this event, guests can:

  • Meet the Pastor and other church leaders
  • Learn about the church’s vision, history, and teams to serve on
  • Have questions answered in one-on-one conversations with staff

Church Base is making it easier than ever to host events for ministries like yours! We are overhauling the Events feature across our entire platform to help you better engage your attendees and create a larger reach. Not only can you use Push Notifications to send announcements and reminders for upcoming events, but now users can swipe right on that alert to register.

Does your church have any unique opportunities for first-time guests to learn more about your church? If so, comment below!

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