Do you want more first time church visitors
to come back a second and third time?
Of course you do.
In spite of all your efforts to get visitors to come into your church, you’re bothered that many of your visitors don’t return.
You’ve worked so hard to attract church visitors. . . . .
You desire to reach these newcomers for Christ.
You know that Jesus can make a difference in their life.
Perhaps you’ve spent money on advertising like a direct mail campaign or business cards members give away. You’ve designed sermon series to hopefully entice a second visit.
You’ve done a lot of hard work to get visitors to come to your church, but they fail to return.
It’s frustrating to work so hard and then feel like it’s all in vain. It leaves you wondering –
Will our church ever reach new people for Christ?
Visitors are coming . . . . but not coming back
Visitors are coming to your church.
Are your church hospitality ministries ready to serve those first time church visitors who come as as result of
- your marketing?
- your community engagement?
- personal invitations of friends?
What about those who will come in connection with upcoming Easter, Mother’s Day or the upcoming graduation season?
They come, but walk out the proverbial back door, never to come again.
What barriers keep your church visitors from returning?
Every church wants their first time visitors to come back and start
- Finding their own faith
- Finding a place to serve
- Finding a place to make a difference.
All of this begins as visitors connect with your church.
But when they don’t return, you often don’t know what happened.
You don’t know what accidental barriers got in the way of their return to your church.
So they walk out the back door, and you are left wondering. Why did they leave?
When church visitors don’t come back for that second or third visit, your church will not grow.
Every church leader wants their church to have an evangelistic impact in leading people to faith in Christ.
- A newcomer seeking Christ who finally responds to a member’s personal invitation to church.
- A newcomer that finally gathers the courage to visit a church after several bad experiences years before.
Perhaps you’ve seen that newcomer in your church, but they fail to return.
If visitors don’t return, you can’t help them find faith in Christ.
Do you make a good first impression?
Do you make a great first impression?
The first step to a return visit starts with a great first impression.
A good first impression can lead to a second visit.
A second visit leads to a third visit.
Additional visits provide more opportunity for your church visitor to make new friends.
Keep your visitors coming back and making friends, and hopefully,
- they might find faith in Christ along the way, or
- they might find that place to serve in your church’s ministries!
So you’ve put together a hospitality committee . . .
These committee members desire to help your church grow.
They want to help newcomers find a relationship with Jesus.
They want newcomers to connect with members of the church.
They desire to make the right moves.
Some volunteers are new to hospitality ministries and have no idea where to start making improvements.
Other members are appointed by the pastor to fix the problems.
They feel the pressure to “make hospitality work.”
So they search the internet for subjects like:
- church visitor welcome and
- hospitality at church
With so much information available, where do they start to fix the broken system?
Perhaps you were
- Recently recruited to serve on your church’s hospitality committee.
- Asked to start your church’s hospitality ministry.
- Asked to train your church hospitality team.
- Appointed by your pastor to figure out how to warm up your church’s welcome.
You don’t need to recreate the wheel.
You just need to somewhere to start.
You just need a refresher to help you get a great overview of your system.
Introducing the ebook: How to Welcome Church Visitors
This e-book is a practical ‘how-to’ manual on creating a better first impression to welcome visitors to church.
- How to improve your greeting of first time visitors to your church
- How you can organize a church greeting team
- What you can say to welcome church visitors
- The most important 10 minutes to a first time church visitor.
- Fresh insights from the current century on church hospitality
- Organize your church hospitality ministry.
- Improve the hospitality in the church
- How to welcome visitors to church
Here are some key comments I’ve received over the years:
- Your ebook gives me a place to begin with some organization.
- This gives me a big picture view to analyze what we have and what is missing.
- You’ve given me lots of material I can use for a training meeting, or a series of training meetings.
- You’ve asked some penetrating questions to lead our discussions.
- This ebook will help us take our hospitality “up a notch.”
My biggest fear is that our church would have a visitor come for three weeks and not one of our members would say hello.
As the chairperson of our hospitality committee, I looked for resources to help us and Chris’s stuff gave us practical steps we could do to help prevent that from happening.
A How To Manual on First Impressions to Welcome Church Visitors
You want real life steps for church hospitality that you can implement this very weekend.
Print it out, highlight it, mark it up, and give it to your church hospitality teams.
That’s how thousands of others are using this book. Others are giving it to their visitation teams, parking lot teams, greeter teams.
Use it for your church hospitality training like others are doing.
Haven’t I heard all this before?
It’s not the 80s.
It’s not the 90s.
You need fresh information.
You may have already read several books that claim
- to help you welcome visitors to your church for the first time, or
- be the definitive guide on how to greet church visitors,
You’ve also seen such books where the author
- Talks so generally that there is nothing practical for you to use this weekend
- Spends 7 of 8 chapters on marketing and designing programs to help you get visitors.
- Focuses on assimilation processes after the visitor goes home.
- Uses stale outdated ideas like plastic “lapel church pins” to stick on your visitors like pin the tail on the donkey.
- Tell you to stick “Visitor” Name tags on your guests.
I know these books on church hospitality are out there.
As I’ve taught seminars on this subject, implemented many of these in my own church, read a bunch of books on church hospitality, church greeters, and assimilation, I have come to this conclusion:
You don’t want outdated stale marketing gimmicks.
You don’t want complicated post-visit assimilation processes.
You don’t want to scare your visitor away with cheesy posters from the 1980s.
You want your visitor to come back a second time!
Chris Walker hits the target with his new e-book “How to Welcome A Church Visitor.”
You will laugh and maybe weep at the truly down-to-earth life stories and the photographs, but more than that you will learn how to think like a visitor and practice holy hospitality that makes a difference.
Love is a verb when it comes to living out our faith. One of the best opportunities for Christian action in our churches comes when a new person arrives at the front door.
From A to Z, Chris Walker covers what to do next and how to enjoy the blessing of welcoming guests.
What an amazing difference it would make if more churches would practice the simple recommendations that fill this book.
— Ron Crandall Professor Emeritus, Asbury Theological Seminary Executive Director, SCLI/ABIDE
I like the simplicity of the book because it makes for an easy read. I now have a clearer picture of the greeters role and will take this to my team when we meet this weekend. We were also wondering what to include in the welcome packets that we planned to put together. We had some ideas and some samples from other churches and your suggestions are also helpful.
I can’t thank you enough for clearing things up for me. It will certainly make my job a lot easier. I don’t feel like I’m spinning in circles anymore.
Tips you can implement this weekend
Imagine a church without hospitality. Would a first time church visitor come back?
What if your church had a reputation for being the most unfriendly church in town?
That can change!
With this instantly downloadable 83 page electronic Ebook (no hard copy available), you will find ideas like:
- Six words you never want to say to a first time church visitor. (Save yourself from potential embarrassment!)
- What 9 out of 10 church visitors think is important when visiting your church
- How to organize a team of church greeters.
- Four variables that influence getting church visitors to come back.
- Five barriers to effective welcome of church variables.
- Train a team of church greeters.
- Why church hospitality is not evangelism.
- Why “Hospitality Evangelism” is not evangelism.
- List of over 20 bible verses about hospitality.
- 9 ideas for church visitor thank you gifts
- How to assemble a church visitors packet.
- 1 gift never to give a church visitor.
- 16 Study questions for group discussion.
- What never to install in a church bathroom!
- What common greeting used to be frowned upon in the 1920s.
- The 10 most important minutes to gauge the friendliness of your congregation.
- And lots more!
I’m glad I bought your book. I would have paid great money just to know those six most embarrassing words. That one tip made it worth the entire price alone.
Scott Sloan, Embassy for Christ, Gary IN
This downloadable Ebook on greeting first time church visitors will not cover
- Church Marketing — how to get first time visitors to your church
- First Time Church Visitor Follow-up — how to help them stick and stay with your church fellowship.
Rather this guidebook focuses on creating a good first impression through your church hospitality — the experience in-between:
From the Church Parking lot to the Church Pew.
You get over 60 church hospitality tips and welcome church visitors ideas in an instantly downloadable Ebook.
Here is a sample from the table of contents:
- Welcoming Church Visitors – A Little Theology
- Why Visitors Come To Church For The First Time
- Hospitality Is Not Evangelism
- Four Variables In The First Time Church Visitor Experience
- Five Barriers To Overcome In Hospitality Ministry
- Overview Of Hospitality Systems
- Prepare To Receive Guests — Your First Time Church Visitor
- Hospitality Or Welcome Center
- Church Greeters And Ushers
- During The Worship Service
- After The Worship Service
- Make A Mystery Visit
- Study Questions
- First Time Church Visit Evaluation Tools
You can begin to improve the process of welcoming visitors to your church this Sunday.
How To Welcome Church Visitors is a well-written, thought-provoking resource that is going to be a blessing to anyone who reads and applies it’s content to their church needs.
This book is especially important to me, as I serve on my church evangelism board and recently volunteered to manage our greeter program.
I measure the worth of a book by the number of ideas I’m able to apply to real needs. I found no fewer than 25 great ideas that I can apply immediately! I recommend this book without reservation. Thank you Pastor Walker for all you’ve done for us.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
The section on greeting was the most relevant to me!
You’ve given me some tips I can put to use instantly!
— Lindsay, AR.
You’ve not seen this pin-point focus or attention to small details in a single book. You can find snippets in magazines, blog sites, and newsletters and digging through Google.
In this book, you get the best information distilled and compiled for you. You don’t have to keep searching. You can put it to work this weekend.
This ebook has been updated with two new chapters, brainstorming questions and 3 appendices to help you implement this weekend what you will read
Cheaper and Quicker than a Consultant
Churches have hired consultants for thousands of dollars to share this same information that I’m offering you this information on welcoming first time church visitors immediately in a downloadable Ebook.
One consultant has even set his price for this information at $10,000 for large churches, so save yourself thousands of dollars in consulting fees.
Moreover, church consultants schedule months in advance, sometimes three months to a year.
You don’t have to wait that long for this practical information.
You can download it right now*.
Even if this is Saturday night at 11pm and service is in 9 hours, there are tips you can use now.
I’ve been to several more expensive workshops over 15 years and have distilled the best information and practices that you can immediately begin to apply to your church visitor greeting process. I share my stories from personal experience and years of thinking and teaching internationally about this subject.
You can download it immediately upon purchase.*
So what’s the price?
Through you can download this Ebook from this site for
$17.00 (over 1600 sold at this price)
I’ve seen other church visitor or greeter ebooks for sale at $39 and at $49, you get better information for much less.
3 Additional Bonus Offers
Bonus #1: Coaching Appointment
For those who purchase the next 10, 7, 4 copies of this book before, I will offer you an hour of church hospitality coaching time over the telephone to help you apply some of these tips to your situation.
People have paid to access to my evangelism training and you can have your own for free.
Chris Walker’s coaching ability is wonderful. He’s a clear thinker with a way of cutting through the clutter and confusion surrounding a problem. He focuses on the most practical path to a resolution and effectively communicates how to reach the intended goal.Les Dahlstedt
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Bonus Download #2:
Sample Church Visitor Letters
A lot of people search my main site on church visitor letters for follow-up. As a bonus free download, I want to give you access to 25 form letters for church ministry via a download ebook.
The church letters ebook (PC Only) comes with over 200 letters, 25 of which are unlocked as samples. The separate Ebook Purchase and OR Membership site upgrade for church letters will give you access to all 200 plus new ones as they are added weekly.
Sample church letters include: Condolences, First Time Church Visitor Followup, Pastor Appreciation, Special Occasions.
Bonus Download #3:
MP3 on How to Get Church Visitor Information
One of the biggest challenges to visitor follow up is getting contact information on your first time visitors.
I interviewed author Yvon Prehn about her ebook on this particular issue. The podcast is available for download and can be played by any media player or portable music device.
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Nearly 2100 copies sold and less than .50% refunded by request since I wrote this. I think that says a lot about the content.
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Check out this additional Testimonial on How To Welcome Church Visitors
This is the book we should have written!
We have been giving church hospitality workshops for over 15 years and of the 25 or more books we have used in the past, yours is by far the best contribution to the field.
We’ve been photocopying the cover and telling our client churches that if they want to start improving their first impressions, they should start here with How To Welcome Church Visitors.
Bill and Gail Royster
The Welcome & Hospitality People
Chris Walker’s “How to Welcome Church Visitors” is as relevant for the UK scene as it is for the USA.
He invites us to strike the right balance between people’s need for personal space and their need to feel welcomed; asks what impression we give through the way we care for our premises; and considers how we extend hospitality in simple, practical ways.
Most of his observations can be acted on without the need for cultural translation (except, perhaps, the American provision of “bathrooms” instead of “toilets”!)
He fully recognizes that there is a God-factor that is outside of our control, but he does offer down-to-earth, practical factors that are properly our responsibility.
These are not churchy gimmicks but straightforward acts of kindness, care and consideration that help visitors want to come back. It’s surprising how ‘obvious’ they are, and how easily they are overlooked!
Rev Paul Stokes, United Reformed Church Minister in Plymouth, Devon
Plymstock United Church
Thanks much for being a thought leader in these matters of church hospitality. Your ideas are far more fresh than I’ve found from resources within my denomination.
Dick H. Van Belzen
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