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In the business world, there is a clear understanding about the dynamic between acquisition vs. retention. Meaning the value of gaining new customers vs. keeping existing customers. Both, of course, are important.
… and getting a new customer to the “place” of a current customer takes time.
Customers - Building - Loyalty
But keeping current customers and building loyalty is just as valuable.
Think about someone who buys a car. Smart car dealers know that this is not the end of the game, but the beginning. After the sale, there are oil changes and new tires, repairs and tune-ups.
Buying - Future - Cars
Not to mention the buying, in the future, of new cars.
Keeping that customer is gold.
Churches - Crass - Consumerism - Christ - Life
Churches need to learn from this. I know, the crass consumerism in which this has been laid out is distasteful and not fully applicable to the Christ life, much less Christian community.
But play with it for a minute.
One - Blogs - Questions - Focus
I trust that no one who reads these blogs questions my maniacal focus on reaching the unchurched. But I hope I am also street-smart enough to know that keeping those we’ve reached is also important.
Sense - Felt-needs - Mission - Sense - Order
Not in the sense of catering to felt-needs that detract from the mission, but in the sense of ensuring that they are receiving what they need in order to be on the front lines of the mission.
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