• Use this free ministry guide to help go further outside the church walls and invite visitors in. Find out the best ways to identify your target audience, turn members into inviters, manage volunteers, track attendance and keep people committed to your church.


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Going Outside the Church Walls

Strategies to reach out to the community include:

  • Researching the target audience
    Driving people to your church
    Reaching prospects through events
    Equipping members to invite people
  • Publicize your ministry through community outlets
    Committing to a good follow-up plan
    Getting involved in the community
    Tracking member attendance

Connect and Commit

Developing relationships is important for church outreach and growth. Intentional follow-up contact is pivotal. Follow up with guests who attended your events and services as many ways as possible. This guide will review the importance of the entire outreach process, from planning to follow-up and give practical advice on how to accomplish your goals.

The key to any successful special event is follow-up. Suppose 100 new people attend your church the day of the special event. Do you think they will return simply because of the great teaching, wonderful music, and inspiring preaching? No! They will return when they realize that they are loved and cared for by your church. Nothing says we care like a personal visit. If 100 new people attend your church because of the special event, then 100 new people should be added to your prospect file and be visited within one week of the event."

—From “Reach People Through Special Sunday School Events” by Jay Johnston, director of Faith/Evangelism and Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources

Through data gathered, it’s proven that your church visitor retention rate is highest when you follow up with visitors within a 48 hour period.

Herb Miller* gives the following statistics for following up:



Research, communication, ownership and follow-up are all important elements of a successful outreach ministry. Utilize this guide to provide useful ideas and tools that will equip you to venture out and grow your ministry.


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