Leaving the Door Open

by Ginger Bowman on September 21, 2016 in announcement

The rush is over, and the flow of visitors to your church has slowed. What did you do with all of those contact cards you collected? What happened to the new students that your student leaders called the first two weeks of school? Not all of them joined a church.

Many students visit churches with friends at the start of the semester, and then as they settle into life on campus. Many of them have trouble deciding on a church. We’ve heard all of the reasons: nothing feels like their home church, their schedule got too busy, they took on a retail job, or they just didn’t find what they were looking for. And after churches stop calling and friends stop inviting, it is easy to just not go.

Why don’t we follow up? We don’t want to bother or harass anyone, and though our intent is not to offend, sometimes we may appear indifferent. Our lack of follow-up may leave students asking themselves if we really cared about them after all.

Call those contacts one more time. After a few weeks of not seeing them, give them a call (voice is better than text) just to check with them and see if they found a church. If they did, that’s great. Wish them well. Extend another invitation to those who haven’t yet found a church. Ask them how you can pray for them. Let them know that you genuinely care about them and the door is still open at your church. Regardless of whether they accept the invitation, you've had the opportunity to minister to them and encourage them to find their place in a local church.

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