Offer Neighborhood-Based Connections

Christ’s Church of the Valley offers small groups based on geography and neighborhood.

Offer an Online Portal to Make Options for Growth Easy to Recognize

Hosanna Lutheran Church attributes GROWlink online program to the church’s retention.

Emphasize Relationship Building

Cornerstone Christian Fellowship offers “small churches” to create intimate connections within a large church.

Offer Small Groups Trimesterly, With Start and End Dates

Next Level Church offers trimesterly small groups to account for the community’s snowbird culture.

Let Newcomers Know They Can Belong Before They Believe

Flatirons Community Church appeals to its non-religious community by disarming them when they begin to explore Christ.

Match Guests With Five New Friends and a Starter Ministry Within Three Months

Substance Church uses Empowerment Track assimilation process to get new attendees involved.

Idea Starter: Make Newcomers Feel Genuinely Welcome

Try a handwritten note, a phone call or a personally delivered pie to thank them for their visit

Don't Wait to Connect With Guests

Immediate follow-up with visitors while they're at your campus helps retain them.

Guest Treatment at LifePoint Church

Listening to guests results in positive changes

Taking Common Ground to the Next Level

About 75 percent of Next Level’s attendees are involved in one of more than 100 interest-based Connection Groups