Bud Brown

Get church visitors’ information – guaranteed

Church visitors won’t always give their contact information. This impairs church hospitality and makes follow up impossible. Follow up is vital to the assimilation process. Without knowing how to reach them you can’t send church visitors a thank you note, phone to invite them back or have someone deliver a gift. Visitor retention metrics are

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5 skills transition pastors must acquire

[pullquote]Transition pastors touch many systems in the church. Mission is redefined. Fresh vision emerges. Strategy is set. Programs are evaluated. Church members learn see in new ways. To accomplish these tasks a transition pastor must master 5 skills.[/pullquote]Transition pastors must prepare church leaders to sustain effective change in the congregation and meaningful transition in the

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3 easy ways to wow church visitors

[dc]A[/dc] previous post asserts that extraordinary hospitality for church visitors isn’t hard. Eliminate the things church visitors dislike, set the bar for church hospitality higher and it’s more likely they’ll return for a second visit. Now that you’ve cleared the deck of things church visitor dislike let’s turn up the “wow” factor. Let’s re-think church

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30 free tools interim pastors must have

Interim pastors are like hobbyists, scrapbookers and craftsmen. We welcome any excuse to add another tool to the kit! Interim ministry is often conducted with meager financial resources. This list of Internet tools are free. In some cases you may decide to opt for a paid version, but they are all free for every day

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Facebook rains on social media marketing

An Interim Pastor developing a social media marketing campaign to expand the church’s community profile in the community may want to “dislike” Facebook. Facebook has decided to monetize its pages by charging business – and I presume churches and ministries – to “promote” their posts to their fans. Background: Facebook as a social media marketing

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Give church visitors a fresh face to look at

Church greeters who serve well are essential to the church that wants to convert church visitors into church members. They are the picket line, the gatekeepers of an effective assimilation process. I’ve written elsewhere that how a church visitor perceives the church’s friendliness is crucial in church visitors returning for a second visit Thom Rainer’s research

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5 key traits of effective Transition Pastors

[dc]I[/dc]nterim and Transition Pastors both know their tenure is short. It ends when the permanent Pastor is called. Managing transitions is a key difference between them. Interim Pastors Interim Pastors keep continuity between permanent pastors. They may guide the church thru change but the church’s focus remains intact. The way congregants view their church’s mission

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