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The VRP HANG OUT! Congratulations, you have entered the HANG OUT spot for the Visitor Retention pastors and participants. Here we share our VRP church information, successes, concerns, and encouraging posts. Amazing things are happening. Prepare to have your eyebrows raised!

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With VRP there isn't much time to "hang out", but the focus it brings to the church, and especially to those who have tasks involved in VRP is invigorating. Looking forward to hearing how VRP has affected others. I heard one pastor say during the seminar conference call that they are seeing salvations by the handful! Looking forward to how the Lord will use this program to focus all of us on building His kingdom.
This is great, Pastor David. Would you mind sharing a little about your church, where you were with visitor retention ratios when you began this, where you are now, and what you've been seeing the Lord do.

Rev. David Garlich said:
With VRP there isn't much time to "hang out", but the focus it brings to the church, and especially to those who have tasks involved in VRP is invigorating. Looking forward to hearing how VRP has affected others. I heard one pastor say during the seminar conference call that they are seeing salvations by the handful! Looking forward to how the Lord will use this program to focus all of us on building His kingdom.
Hi all,
I am Jerry Hartman, the writer and a presenter of Kingdom's Visitor Retention Program.
I am an elder in Circle Drive Alliance Church in Sidney New York where we have been implimenting the principles of healthy visitor retention and have been growing. I am looking forward to interacting with manyh churches on this website. Please join our discussions.
Jerry Hartman
Dave Knauss asked if I would give a brief report about our VRP experience and where we are, how we are doing.....
As Pastor, it is my delight NOT to be the administrator, but rather a general overseer, so there is much about the minute` that I cannot explain, however. Our church is small. It is a tall, old style construction building with little inside useable space. Our congregation is "older" by definition, and our denomination purchased this old building in 1963, at the height of Steel and Auto manufacturing in the Youngstown, Ohio area. Since that time, those Monoliths of enterprise have either gone away, or are in desperate decline. What remained in our area were the older folks who didn’t need to “go find their fortune” in another part of the country. We average 35-50 on a Sunday morning (depends who shows up :-) ) and our seating capacity is 105. That is a representation of who we are.

We have a renewed call from God to reach the "older folks" in our own city. They, by the numbers, are the most likely to face eternity sooner than later. We never had a lack of "visitors", but having them return and stick was a problem - the back door was as open as the front door.

The VRP program helped us identify the hinges on the back door – and following the recommendations (with a few MINOR adjustments to fit our situation) we have taken the hinges off the back door. There is new enthusiasm among our people as they actively welcome guests in a way our guests appreciate. The gift baskets on the day of the visit, and the follow up letters with tokens of appreciation in them have brought back all but 1 of our visitors to be faithful attenders. VRP helped us identify ways to plug new people in quickly, so this church becomes “Their Church”.

We are still growing with the VRP program, but from initial results – I recommend it regardless of church size or present community impact.
Wow, Pastor David, wouldn't it be great if all churches renewed their outreach focus and enthusiasm like yours has!!!
Hang in there, Pastor van Dyk, because similar to what the Queen of Sheba said, "The half has not yet been told concerning this VRP training!"
Blessings, Dave K.
Check this out! Pastor Phillip Walton, one of our VRP pastors, shared pictures of what his church does for a Gift Basket they give to visitors. Wow, what a creative church... Check out the items in the basket.
http://kingdominsight.ning.com/forum/topics/gift-pack-basket-ideas-and
Blessings, Dave
Pastor Gary Del Giorgio had the following to say about his first VRP session:
"Dave, The first session of the Visitor Retention Plan went real well. We had about 14 people present and had some good discussion after the webinar. A lot of questions and ideas were brought up as to how to proceed from here. I assured every one that we would be covering these topics as we go on. I feel this will be very informative. Thanks Gary"
Check out the rest of his post at:
http://kingdominsight.ning.com/profiles/blogs/session-1-vrp
Blessings, Dave
Pastor Giorgio, you are starting out right. I noticed in the webinars that the churches that bring a team to the sessions and divide the responsibilities do much better than those that only have one in attendance. It takes work and the work gets accomplished to a much higher degree when you have a team of people to share the load. I encourage you to stay the course and keep making progress as the sessions unfold. It won't be long and you will have several teams doing their part in their area of ministry, all striving toward the same goal. And that goal is to truly care for the people that God is sending to your church. You will see that the visitor retention program is circular. As people in your congregation begin to focus on the visitors, a natural phenomenon occurs, they start to invite more people. God will show you how to reach your community in a powerful way.
God bless
Jerry Hartman
Pastor Van Dyke, that is a wonderful gift basket you have put together. It will really help your guests to know how much you care. In doing so you are demonstrating to them how much God cares. You are extending God's welcoming hand. I will continue to pray that your team will continue to seek the Lord's leading for many ways that you can reach out to your guests and quickly make them a part of your congregation.
God Bless
Jerry Hartman
Pastor Garlich, now that your church has finished the VRP it is only the beginning. I pray that you will continue to refine your strategies and processes, all led by prayer. Please keep us informed of new developments and successes. Also, continue to ask questions. We will be glad to help you in any way we can.
Jerry Hartman
Dave,

I just came back from a conference this weekend at a church in Huntington Beach, Ca. for new ministers. Because of the VRP, I found myself checking out the facility and people/staff. I didn't find any signage showing the way to our meeting room however the youth pastor was coming out of the building about that time and actually took us to where we needed to be. 1brownie point! We entered the meeting room to find washed out and dirty paint on the walls, old marked up tables to sit at and a pull up video screen held together with zip ties oh and fairly dirty carpet. Granted, it was their junior high class room but come on. Needless to say, It was not inviting at all, very cold and we had to spend the whole day in there. They showed a video, the windows could have been darkened but weren't. They did finally close the windows because of the noise outside. They were having a work day at the church. My ADD was in overdrive but I managed to maintain. The sad part was the information was excellent. It could of been a first class presentation all around if they only knew. I'm sure before the VRP I wouldn't of picked up on a lot of this however I'm sure I wouldn't of retained as much either and I wouldn't of known why. Please share this with other classes and keep up the good work. It's enhanced my life and our church moving forward in EXCELLENCE all for the Glory of God.

Pastor Gary Del Giorgio

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