I've been doing a lot of reading on the subject of welcoming recently - as regular readers of Communicate Jesus would know! (Don't forget about the welcoming roundtable in Sydney next month!) One book that I've found particularly helpful is Fusion: Turning first-time guests into fully engaged members of your church
by Nelson Searcy. There's a lot of great advice in this book that I've been thinking through how to apply. One of the suggested applications is a survey of newcomers, sent out in the days after their first visit. Searcy suggests the following questions:
I also noticed The Village Church running a similar survey on their website. I decided to launch this at Church by the Bridge - below is a snapshot, and you can view online here. We received our first entry last week!
There are numerous benefits to this survey. Here's five: