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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Really! It is! Not only do we get to exchange gifts, watch classic movies, eat well, and maybe play in the snow. We get to host more visitors than usual at our churches. For various reasons, many people choose to visit our churches for Easter and Christmastime. What an amazing opportunity for us to connect with families from our communities, who don’t usually visit.
Now, it is time for us to get ready for them. How will we connect with them? What will we do to engage with them? How will we make them feel welcome? What will we do to inspire them to return? How will we create an unforgettable experience? Most of all, how can we do all of this without making them feel weird? We have a lot of control over the answers to these questions. Let’s see how to prepare.
Christmas - Season - Christmas - Season - Traffic
The Christmas season is busy. Yeah. You are right. I lied. The Christmas season is chaotic. Traffic levels rise. Shopping centers are bursting at the bricks. It seems that kid’s energy levels spike. Bank accounts are rapidly depleting. Credit card balances are increasing. Tempers are shorter than usual, and even patience is impatient. It is chaotic for sure. One way to counteract that and connect with our visitors is to make their entry easy.
Let’s think about ways to make a pleasant parking experience (i.e. entering, parking, exiting). Even what visitors will experience when they enter the doors matters (i.e. friendly faces, clear directional signage, comfortable temperature). We should also prepare for their kids (i.e. easy check-in/out process, clear expectations, additional teachers).
Visitors - Walks - Life - Careers - Backgrounds
Our visitors may come from all walks of life. They will have different careers, backgrounds, and cultures. They may believe what we do or not. One way to engage them...
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