Connecting is all about interaction, and face-to-face conversations are powerful in building relationships within your church. However, your church size or the amount of activity happening on a Sunday morning may cloud your ability to be able to have those personal conversations with everyone in your congregation. Not to mention, the struggle of now working your virtual churchgoers into the mix.
So how do you encourage personal connections without face-to-face interactions? It all starts with 3 simple areas you should be focusing on:
- Small Groups: Build relationships between smaller groups so everyone gets plugged in.
- Volunteer Teams: Recruit and schedule volunteers for ministries they actually care about to boost engagement and interaction.
- Communication: Reach out to smaller audiences within your church with only information to which they relate.
Take a look below at how Realm’s church management solution can help you focus on the 3 areas above.
No matter how you plan your small groups, RealmⓇ allows you to build out that structure and add details for each group. When adding a small group into Realm, choose the Group Type that will determine where it can be found for those interested in joining a small group.
When launching small groups to your church, encourage your members to join your Realm community and visit Find a Group through Realm online or the Realm Connect mobile app. They can filter groups by the days they are meeting to find the one that best fits their schedule. When a member finds a group that interests them, they simply choose “Join” and their join request is received by that small group’s leader who can accept and contact that member to personally connect with them and welcome them into the group.
Part of building personal connections is bonding through experiences and common interests. The most successful volunteer teams are built upon those same principles. But how do you know who belongs on which team to increase that interaction?
Realm’s Volunteer Management was designed with the intent to build volunteer teams that feel empowered and eager to use their talents in ministry. This starts with Skills and Interests. Your staff can customize skills and interests, which can then be self-selected by your members. This gives your staff insight into what spiritual gifts each person has to better plan how they can best serve as a volunteer.
Match those skills and interests with volunteer roles, and then group roles into teams to create schedules, communicate, and more. These teams will be where your volunteers bond and start growing together through service in ministry.
As a pastor or church leader, you more than likely can’t personally connect with each and every person in your church on a regular basis. This is where your group leaders come in! Whether your leaders are staff members, lay leaders, or volunteers within your congregation, equip them with church communication tools to reach out to all those in your congregation outside of your church walls.
In Realm, group leaders can post to their group’s Newsfeed, send direct messages to one or more within the group, upload files and resources, and create and manage their small group’s events. This equips those leaders to post prayer requests, encouragement, or any announcements to their groups, and their group members can comment and even post their own prayer requests or relevant information. Your group leaders then become your eyes and ears and can update your staff on major news such as hospitalizations, new births, and so much more happening in your church family. And you can answer by chatting one-on-one with those you need to check in with through Chat in Realm.
Personal connections can’t be built on a one-to-many mindset. Break your congregation into small groups to allow better bonding opportunities. Build volunteer teams to encourage connecting those with similar spiritual gifts through serving. Equip your staff and small group leaders to communicate in small groups and one-on-one to know what’s going on in the lives of your members. Realm has all the tools you need to do this and more.
People follow who they know. As a ministry leader, they look to you for vision, spiritual direction, and biblical teaching. But a large church creates more demands on your time and more people to meet. This latest resource, How to Connect Personally When You Can’t Know Everyone along with the other guides in the Know and Grow: Solutions to Large Church Problems Series, show paths you and your team can follow. And, to make it even easier and so you don’t miss any of our Church Growth Resources, you can also receive our ministry blog posts straight to your inbox!
Leigh Ann Shelley joined the ACST team in 2019 as a Product Marketing Manager, overseeing the launch and overall communication of key solutions to support the church’s needs. Prior to joining ACST, she spent several years in communications and graphic design roles, most notably as a Communications Director for a large church in Florence, SC, where she leveraged Realm to help solve key ministry challenges.