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Being one of the instructors of the Visitor Retention Program, I am amazed at how QUICKLY results have been happening, especially noting INCREASED ATTENDANCE. Have you been seeing the same? Please share your results and your best methods of achieving them.

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DAVE,
I AM A WITNESS TO THE FRUITS OF THE VISITOR RETENTION PROGRAM. THESE CHURCH GROWTH PRACTICES DO WORK. ONE MUST DISCIPLINE THEMSELVES TO THE PRACTICES UNTIL THEY SEE THE RESULTS. THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER 20+ GUESTS. FIRST TIME VISITORS. WE WERE AVERAGING 9 PER SERVICE. WE WORK HARD AT THE PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AND WE SEE THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO RETAIN 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 GUESTS THAT VISIT. WE ATTRIBUTE THIS TO PRAYER AND THE METHODS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN BY 30 PERSONS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

WE MUST BE DILIGENT.--------PASTOR JOSEPH
Pastor Joseph,
This is a great verification that how Jesus drew in widows, strangers, the fatherless, and down-and-outers is how we too should be operating for Him. Plus, it's also a great verification that He wants us to pray so He can delight in answering our prayers.
Blessings, Dave
Joseph & Alohma Bishop said:
DAVE,
I AM A WITNESS TO THE FRUITS OF THE VISITOR RETENTION PROGRAM. THESE CHURCH GROWTH PRACTICES DO WORK. ONE MUST DISCIPLINE THEMSELVES TO THE PRACTICES UNTIL THEY SEE THE RESULTS. THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER 20+ GUESTS. FIRST TIME VISITORS. WE WERE AVERAGING 9 PER SERVICE. WE WORK HARD AT THE PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AND WE SEE THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO RETAIN 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 GUESTS THAT VISIT. WE ATTRIBUTE THIS TO PRAYER AND THE METHODS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN BY 30 PERSONS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

WE MUST BE DILIGENT.--------PASTOR JOSEPH

WOW! 30 new regular attenders in 3 months! Isn't our God great. When we dedicate ourselves and our ministries to prayer and in following the principles that God has given us, he multiplies the efforts.

Are there any more out there who have been experiencing an increase in visitor retention?
Praise God, Pastor Joseph, Praise God!

Blessings, Dave
Pastor Joe,
I know from working with you in the Visitor Retention Plan that you are very committed teaching all these people to be fully engaged Christians. It isn't numbers just for numbers sake. Every one of those "numbers" represents a transformed life. I pray that this renewed spirit continues to grow in your church so that it spreads to your entire community, so much so that it transforms the spiritual climate of your community. And I know that you have a rather large community.
Jerry

Jerry Hartman said:
Joseph & Alohma Bishop said:
DAVE,
I AM A WITNESS TO THE FRUITS OF THE VISITOR RETENTION PROGRAM. THESE CHURCH GROWTH PRACTICES DO WORK. ONE MUST DISCIPLINE THEMSELVES TO THE PRACTICES UNTIL THEY SEE THE RESULTS. THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER 20+ GUESTS. FIRST TIME VISITORS. WE WERE AVERAGING 9 PER SERVICE. WE WORK HARD AT THE PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AND WE SEE THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO RETAIN 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 GUESTS THAT VISIT. WE ATTRIBUTE THIS TO PRAYER AND THE METHODS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN BY 30 PERSONS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

WE MUST BE DILIGENT.--------PASTOR JOSEPH

WOW! 30 new regular attenders in 3 months! Isn't our God great. When we dedicate ourselves and our ministries to prayer and in following the principles that God has given us, he multiplies the efforts.

Are there any more out there who have been experiencing an increase in visitor retention?
Dear Jerry,
Praise the Lord........WOW. WOW. WOW. Can you feel and experience the power and move of the Holy Spirit in these days. Just returned from an outside evangelism event in cener city Philadelphia. The altar call was packed with unchurched persons, people were coming from the streets asking for prayer and salvation. This was amazing........the bible says this is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our sight. By the way we have very nearly reached the three hundred barrier. God is amazing. Why did it take us so long to believe His word? Concerning growth in the church. Get ready for the above and beyond what we can think or imagine!!!!!!----I AM VERY EXCITED-----FIRE FROM HEAVEN-------PASTOR JOSEPH

Jerry Hartman said:
Pastor Joe,
I know from working with you in the Visitor Retention Plan that you are very committed teaching all these people to be fully engaged Christians. It isn't numbers just for numbers sake. Every one of those "numbers" represents a transformed life. I pray that this renewed spirit continues to grow in your church so that it spreads to your entire community, so much so that it transforms the spiritual climate of your community. And I know that you have a rather large community.
Jerry

Jerry Hartman said:
Joseph & Alohma Bishop said:
DAVE,
I AM A WITNESS TO THE FRUITS OF THE VISITOR RETENTION PROGRAM. THESE CHURCH GROWTH PRACTICES DO WORK. ONE MUST DISCIPLINE THEMSELVES TO THE PRACTICES UNTIL THEY SEE THE RESULTS. THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER 20+ GUESTS. FIRST TIME VISITORS. WE WERE AVERAGING 9 PER SERVICE. WE WORK HARD AT THE PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AND WE SEE THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO RETAIN 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 GUESTS THAT VISIT. WE ATTRIBUTE THIS TO PRAYER AND THE METHODS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN BY 30 PERSONS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

WE MUST BE DILIGENT.--------PASTOR JOSEPH

WOW! 30 new regular attenders in 3 months! Isn't our God great. When we dedicate ourselves and our ministries to prayer and in following the principles that God has given us, he multiplies the efforts.

Are there any more out there who have been experiencing an increase in visitor retention?
Pastor Joseph,
I cannot begin to tell you, your church, and God in His Kingdom work what an inspiration you are to me and all the other VRP pastors with whom I've shared your testimonies and emails !!!!!!!
love and blessings, Dave
Dear Dave,
Pastor Raymond contacted me and I also contacted him. Thank you for sharing our testimony. We look to be able to help anywhere in the body that we can. We will be implementing some of the strategies from Nelson Searcy's book "IGNITE" very soon. It was your training that built a firm foundation for these other systems to work. I also found those pictures from the pastor about the ideas for their gift bag extremely helpful. Tell them thanks. I look forward to collaborating with all the graduates and new participants. We still have a great momentum in the church for first time guests.-------TO GOD BE THE GLORY.----PASTOR JOSEPH

Dave Knauss said:
Pastor Joseph,
I cannot begin to tell you, your church, and God in His Kingdom work what an inspiration you are to me and all the other VRP pastors with whom I've shared your testimonies and emails !!!!!!!
love and blessings, Dave
"YOU GO, PASTOR JOE!"
(Sorry about the rhyme--I just couldn't help it!)
Love and Blessings, Dave
At 11:05am on January 25, 2010, Joseph & Alohma Bishop said…
Dear Dave;
Once again our training from the VRP has paid off greatly. This Sunday we had over 100 brand new first time guests. Are you serious? Yes. The bible speaks about when Jesus had returned from the grave He asked the disciples why were they so slow to belive? (paraphrase) TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! Dave, if the Pastors want the same old thing in their churches tthen all they have to do is nothing---- and their results will be what they have now. But change takes change. Step out into the deep and let down your nets.
We will be breaking the 400 to 500 barrier this year. GO. GO. GO.
Thanks for the training. KEEP GOING DAVE.
PASTOR JOSEPH------- PHILADELPHIA

So the question still comes...are those 30 new 'members' just transplants from other churches?  If so, then the other churches are not saying "Praise the Lord!" but 'why are our people leaving?'...and some leaders are getting upset because someone is "stealing their sheep"....

I don't see an issue when new folks are truly new to church, but that isn't the normal new visitor to church.


Joseph & Alohma Bishop said:

Dear Jerry,
Praise the Lord........WOW. WOW. WOW. Can you feel and experience the power and move of the Holy Spirit in these days. Just returned from an outside evangelism event in cener city Philadelphia. The altar call was packed with unchurched persons, people were coming from the streets asking for prayer and salvation. This was amazing........the bible says this is the Lord's doing and it is marvelous in our sight. By the way we have very nearly reached the three hundred barrier. God is amazing. Why did it take us so long to believe His word? Concerning growth in the church. Get ready for the above and beyond what we can think or imagine!!!!!!----I AM VERY EXCITED-----FIRE FROM HEAVEN-------PASTOR JOSEPH

Jerry Hartman said:
Pastor Joe,
I know from working with you in the Visitor Retention Plan that you are very committed teaching all these people to be fully engaged Christians. It isn't numbers just for numbers sake. Every one of those "numbers" represents a transformed life. I pray that this renewed spirit continues to grow in your church so that it spreads to your entire community, so much so that it transforms the spiritual climate of your community. And I know that you have a rather large community.
Jerry

Jerry Hartman said:
Joseph & Alohma Bishop said:
DAVE,
I AM A WITNESS TO THE FRUITS OF THE VISITOR RETENTION PROGRAM. THESE CHURCH GROWTH PRACTICES DO WORK. ONE MUST DISCIPLINE THEMSELVES TO THE PRACTICES UNTIL THEY SEE THE RESULTS. THIS WEEKEND IN OUR CHURCH WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OVER 20+ GUESTS. FIRST TIME VISITORS. WE WERE AVERAGING 9 PER SERVICE. WE WORK HARD AT THE PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE JUST LEARNED AND WE SEE THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR. GOD HAS ALLOWED US TO RETAIN 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 GUESTS THAT VISIT. WE ATTRIBUTE THIS TO PRAYER AND THE METHODS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR PROGRAM. WE HAVE GROWN BY 30 PERSONS WITHIN THREE MONTHS.

WE MUST BE DILIGENT.--------PASTOR JOSEPH

WOW! 30 new regular attenders in 3 months! Isn't our God great. When we dedicate ourselves and our ministries to prayer and in following the principles that God has given us, he multiplies the efforts.

Are there any more out there who have been experiencing an increase in visitor retention?

Bro Jack,

Please allow me to broaden your perspective. I know for certain about Pastor Joe's situation.  He and his elders are out on the sidewalks of central Phila, witnessing, ministering, and praying. You should hear some of his amazing stories. They are definitely encountering unsaved people, and Pastor Joe and his church go to the "highways and byways" to seek them out.

Let's consider the unsaved/unchurched for a minute. Do you know that only 1 unsaved person is being reached for Christ for every 85 members sitting in a church? Do you know that only 21% of church members will invite ANYONE to church in a year, and only 2% of those will actually invite an UNSAVED person? Approximately how many people are in the unsaved, unchurched category?  ABOUT 160 MILLION!!!

Let's consider visitors. 39% are visiting from the same denomination, 30% are switching denominations, 23% are rededicating themselves back to the Lord, and ONLY 9% ARE UNSAVED who are visiting. And further, when questioned, the unsaved/unchurched said, when unsaved, they had a POSITIVE view of pastors and churches, and they felt it was relevant for today! So, how many Christians have been bashed into silence by the lies of the media?

Bro Jack, Jesus said the fields are white unto harvest but the laborers are few. AT THE SAME TIME, the harvest itself is also speaking to us, "Please invite us, we'll attend!" Bro Jack, I'm trying to switch your focus of attention off the few dribbles of people who are switching churches to the endless miles of individuals who've NEVER been in a church, and KNOW NOTHING of God. Basic facts about God are NOT common knowledge in society as was the case a few decades ago. The church has to do some SERIOUS realigning of its present sight path.

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