Family engagement: 5 ways to get more people involved in church
Churches thrive thanks to a variety of efforts from numerous people, but it's the families themselves that are the heart of any religious organization. If you would like to prioritize engagement this year, you're not alone. Even churches that have a growing membership base and dedicated volunteers can benefit from increased engagement efforts.
Getting families involved in church activities beyond attending weekly services often feels easier said than done. The key is to provide ample opportunity and communicate often. Consider these ideas for boosting stewardship in the church:
Make a volunteer opportunity list
Sounds simple, but if you don't have an up-to-date list of volunteer opportunities, you need to make that the priority. This resource is the go-to for families to learn more and see what activities are available that match their interest. Include everything, from post-service coffee servers and child care to committees and fundraising opportunities.
Create a welcome committee
Every church should have a welcome committee. This group can host events like potlucks for new parishioners and provide full tours of the facility. They can also reach out to longstanding members to stay in touch and build community. With high-attendance dates like Easter quickly approaching, there's no better time to form a welcome committee.
Keep an up-to-date church directory
A current church directory is more than just a resource, it demonstrates the importance of community. Developing a directory is a fun experience where families bond, and everyone receives printed and mobile directories at no cost with Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits. Each directory includes modern photography of individuals or families (and pets-with your permission) with names and contact information.
Embrace an attitude of acceptance
Some church groups can become so tightly knit that it feels intimidating for outsiders to join, even if they have the desire. Touch base with all existing groups like the music ministry, Bible studies and church councils to ensure a welcoming attitude toward new or less-active families.
Actively ask people to join in. Do so from the pulpit. Place the message in the weekly bulletin. Keep in mind, when you inquire about interest one-on-one, rather than in a group forum, you may have better response rates. For example, say hello to families after service and ask if they could assist with a particular opportunity.
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