It’s all about relationships! Friendships are the most important feature of healthy churches.
It is likely that each week in your church between 2% and 8% of those attending worship are first time guests. What do newcomers experience in your congregation? The experiences of their first several minutes and first several months with you will powerfully influence whether they become congregants.
Through practices of generous hospitality, you can create clear pathways to connection and belonging. You can provide social spaces where friendships are formed and flourish. You can offer opportunities for meaningful participation in the life of your congregation.
Here, we focus on ways in which your church can nurture significant connections and enduring friendships through generous hospitality.