Welcome Ministry Checklist

  1. Recruit volunteers to serve as greeters for Sunday mornings and other service.
  2. Define responsibilities (i.e. what time to arrive by, what to hand out) and create a schedule and a substitution system.
  3. Provide training as needed (i.e. how to answer difficult questions).
  4. Create a Welcome Packet for visitors to take away on Sundays, as described in this PDF.
  5. Capture visitor contact information
  6. Create a system for clergy to formally acknowledge visitors by name during announcements.
  7. Seat visitors next to parishioners who are sensitive to helping them find their way in the service book.
  8. Invite visitors to stay for coffee hour.
  9. Follow up with visitors during coffee hour.
    1. Introduce visitors to the clergy and other parishioners during coffee hour
    2. Create a welcome table in the fellowship hall and staff the table during coffee hour. Keep it stocked with appropriate brochures and parish information.
  10. Make follow-up phone calls with visitors the week after their visit.
  11. Create a parish specific brochure to tell your story. Contact us for sample copy.
  12. Create materials to describe parish ministries and invite participation.
  13. Routinely evaluate Welcome Packet for improvement.