Starting at a new church is undoubtedly tough, but there are definitely challenges on both sides.
No one doubts the importance of being a welcoming church, but what about being an easily ‘welcomable’ person?
Here are a few things that really make it easier for a church to embrace you!
- Come consistently. If someone sees you several weeks in a row, they’ll start to realize that you’re serious about connecting.
- Don’t leave as soon as the service ends. If you want people to be welcoming, you need to be available.
- Say yes to invites. People who say no give the vibe that they’re not interested. It can be nerve-wracking for someone to extend an invitation to someone they don’t know. Getting a no can feel like rejection and makes them less inclined to ask again.
- Join a small group or Bible study. This is how people in big churches get to know each other. If you’re not in one, don’t be surprised if you feel out of the loop.
- Get involved in ministry. This is one of the best ways for you to connect with people and sends a message that you’re actually planning to stick around
- Make yourself known! There’s nothing wrong with going up to someone and letting them know you’re new. Especially in a big church, people can be afraid to ask in case you’ve been coming for a long time!
- Realize that good friendships take time to cultivate.