8 Strategies to Get Up-Close and Personal at Church

5. Nametags. 

We’ve talked about this before in a previous post titled “5 Reasons Your Church Should Offer Name Tags Every Sunday.“ Read and apply.

6. Social … social media.

Are you using your social media for more than just a place to spam about your latest stuff happening at your church? What if you used your social media channels to be … social? Take some pictures of volunteers and thank them with a picture on Facebook … people will get to know names and faces by seeing them online, plus the volunteers will feel great. When people talk about your church online … thank them for the promotion. Ask questions on your social channels and then respond as a real person.

7. Clear and easy next steps.

How easy is it for people to get onto a service team or into a small group? What could you do to make it twice as easy as it is today? Providing über-clear “next steps” is critical for churches to become more relational. Every weekend, people arrive at your church wanting to “get plugged in” … are you ready for them when they are ready for you? (Or do you make them wait for a special time during the year?) How can you make it even clearer how people can find their place in the community?

8. Add play to the service.

At its core, friendship is just shared experiences. What if you did something really fun in an upcoming service so people have some sort of shared experience? Throw out some beach balls during a high energy worship song on a long weekend. Put a mini golf set in the foyer as people arrive to play together. Hand out popcorn to highlight a message that’s going to use some movie clips to tell a point. Find something fun for your people to participate in together … and you’d be amazed at the relationships that will begin to develop.

I know you are are more relational than me!

What are some ways you’ve made your weekend services relational? I’d love you to leave a comment and join the conversation!  

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Rich Birch
Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at UnSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.