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Your church CAN retain your visitors! Drawing for the Visitor Retention Program

How many visitors on average enter your church each Sunday? How many of them become regular attendees? How many of them slip out the door never to be heard from again? Want to know how to cause them to stay? Kingdom is having a drawing for a free enrollment into our Visitor Retention Program--12 sessions packed with hands-on training with personalized assistance from one of our VRP instructors. This is an inestimable value!
TO ENTER: Tell me why retaining visitors is important to you and your church!
QUESTION: What if you are already in the Visitors Retention Program and win?
ANSWER: You will receive credit toward other Training Products from Kingdom!


CONGRATULATIONS to Pastor Pieter van Dyk for winning the VRP drawing!
Our drawing was done this morning for the Visitor Retention Program, graciously performed for us by a visitor today just arrived from Kansas, recently moved to the States from England. CONGRATULATIONS, Pastor van Dyk!

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We are a;ready members of the VRP, but would like to add that retaining visitors is not only a way to up your numbers, but most importantly UP HEAVEN's NUMBERS!!! God calls us to reach out to the lost, and by helping at your church to retain the LOST, there is a higher potential that those "VISITORS" or "GUESTS" as we like to call them will come to the saving knowledge of Christ.
God Bless, and thank you Dave for all you do!!!
Sheryl
Are we to be part of a house not made by hands? Are we just adding additions to the building to have a bigger building? Is our foundation strong? Are the additions we seek adding the the strength and purpose of our building? I have been a part of churches that see a particular ministry grow and everyone jumps to join that ministry...rather than remain their original ministry and support the new ministry or walk beside the new ministry.
i.e. You are part of social ministry and see that the Lord is doing something exciting and new with the Youth Ministry...you drop the social ministry to be a team leader on the youth ministry. Is this how God called you or could you seek the Lord to see how He will use and combine Social Ministry and Youth Ministry.
Are you seeking the Lord to bring in those with skills and talents that are not evident in your current church? Have you been praying for years and yet that prayer remains unanswered? Are those who are currently part of your church fulfilling the purpose that God had called them to or is everyone waiting for God to send someone else? Perhaps seeking the Lord for all He would do through the current congregation is what is needed?
you may live and worship in place A...but work in b and shop in place C...even if those you meet in B and C never step foot in the place you worship (place A)...they can still be part of that building not created by hands...
and you can have a part in them becoming a part of that building.
If anyone wants to twitter about this contest - here is a tiny url that will link back here.

http://tinyurl.com/d3zo69
Retaining visitors is important because it helps grow the Kingdom of God. It's important to go "outside the box" and be fishers of men, as the Bible says. Really, it's a commandment from God, so it is very important!
Valia- I would be interested in hearing your suggestions-in the hope that I could pass them on to my pastor and we could adjust them to fit our community. I currently attend a small church in a community that was economically stressed way before the current national economic crises. Our community is the dumping ground for Sex offenders and drug addicts. While I attended another church in this community we prayer walked...each group would cover different blocks. I felt led to stop in front of a particular house and pray regarding witchcraft...another woman who walked with a different group said she was also praying concerning witchcraft...we were overheard and the person yeah the Pastor also aware of witchcraft as soon as he came to the community. When I first met the deacon of my current church - he also was praying about the witchcraft in the area. I am not sure how that influences the community or church. There are a great many people who need Jesus in our community. From what I know the church had a social ministry and people year after year for a meal but few were being saved. I had heard the same from my former church concerning social ministry.
I have been in bigger churches where the visitors stay and become members and get involved with the church.
But there is little if any growth in knowledge of the Word or depth of relationship with Jesus Christ. The bible studies that attract and keep people coming back seem to be more self help and only superficially based on the Word of God. I know that the Pastors, Deacons and Elders love God and have a heart for the community.
Yet year after year the cry out to God -reach out to the community and are seeing very few come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
debrah said:
Valia- I would be interested in hearing your suggestions-in the hope that I could pass them on to my pastor and we could adjust them to fit our community. I currently attend a small church in a community that was economically stressed way before the current national economic crises. Our community is the dumping ground for Sex offenders and drug addicts. While I attended another church in this community we prayer walked...each group would cover different blocks. I felt led to stop in front of a particular house and pray regarding witchcraft...another woman who walked with a different group said she was also praying concerning witchcraft...we were overheard and the person yeah the Pastor also aware of witchcraft as soon as he came to the community. When I first met the deacon of my current church - he also was praying about the witchcraft in the area. I am not sure how that influences the community or church. There are a great many people who need Jesus in our community. From what I know the church had a social ministry and people year after year for a meal but few were being saved. I had heard the same from my former church concerning social ministry.
I have been in bigger churches where the visitors stay and become members and get involved with the church.
But there is little if any growth in knowledge of the Word or depth of relationship with Jesus Christ. The bible studies that attract and keep people coming back seem to be more self help and only superficially based on the Word of God. I know that the Pastors, Deacons and Elders love God and have a heart for the community.
Yet year after year the cry out to God -reach out to the community and are seeing very few come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Debrah - thanks for your post... You have some great questions/challenges. By posting here, you are in the drawing for the Visitor Retention Program. It might be better to call it Knit in Your Visitors. Knitting people in is a skill which too few churches are learning right now. But, it is changing. To see people grow, they need to be knit in and grow in the context of committed relationships. That doesn't just happen ~~~ but, it CAN happen if we are prayerful, focused and know how to be fruitful!
Retaining visitors is important only if you need to pay the bills,lights,heat,etc.
We need to lead the people to eat and drink of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
They only need our guidance to the LORD. Then they are to be set free to be led by the Spirit of Truth.
John 14:26 (K J V)
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 6:53 (K J V)
53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Romans 8:14 (K J V)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The Church is not a cage to keep people but a stage where they can give out all the things GOD has showed them.
for others to see, so they can believe also. its called body ministry meetings.
I hope and pray that what i have said does not offend anyone but help to shine a light on this problem.
For all that are filled with the Holy Ghost may GOD rule in peace from your center !
Thank you very much.
for more info on BODY MINISTRY MEETINGS contact me.
Our community desperately needs to experience the gospel of Jesus Christ. We care the very best for your soul...
Dave Knauss said:
Sheryl entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Debrah entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Valia entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Pieter van Dyk entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Gerusalem Order entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Dennis Berry entered the contest for the $997 Visitor Retention Program
Gerusalem Order, your comments aren't offensive at all. In fact they line up perfectly with the what God has revealed to us about caring for those whom God has sent into our church. And that care is centered on the Great Commission as well as the Great Commandment. Just like Jesus demonstrated so many times, He had to quickly build a relationship with someone and get their attention before he could present His message of hope. The Visitor Retention Program does not replace the teachings you mentioned. In fact, it is a tool that can make the teachings you talked about much more effective. We certainly aren't bringing more people into our churches and into the Kingdom of God to "pay our bills." That may be a natural side benefit, and one that God has chosen to use to support His ministries, but it is not the driving focus. If it ever becomes the primary focus then we have failed. It is all about making disciples and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus commanded. It all starts with building relationships and controlling all the aspects of a church that enable those relationships to be built. Ultimately the only relationship that really matters is a relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we form strategies and develop processes that truly care for the guests, we are demonstrating that relationship that we have with Christ. With the Holy Spirit's guiding in the development of those strategies and processes, our demonstrating God's welcoming hand will lead the guests to come back and learn more and eventually commit their lives to Christ in salvation. But we don't stop there. It is our responsibility to disciple them to become fully engaged Christians doing their part in ministry to bring others into the Kingdom.
Thank you for your comments
Jerry Hartman
Dennis, I think all of our communities are in the same state as yours these days. We live in a sinful world. Ever since the Garden of Eden it has always been a sinful world. We make the change in our communty, first through prayer, then through planning that leads to action. Of course these plans are revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. He leads us as we move forward. He can't lead us if we aren't moving. Remember that the change happens one person at a time; one decision for Christ at a time. Stay focused on the people that God has already brought you in contact with. Maybe even the people that He is sending through the doors of your church, or the people He has put you in contact with so you can invite them through the doors of your church. (That is assuming that they will be taught God's way of salvation when they come.)
Jerry



Dennis Berry said:
Our community desperately needs to experience the gospel of Jesus Christ. We care the very best for your soul...

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