#44 Start Welcoming People Outside – 101 Ways to Attract More Visitors

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Hey Digital Communicators, I’m John Falke from Johnny Flash Productions and Amplified Impact, and this is 101 Ways to Attract More Visitors, a practical guide for churches to amplify their impact and reach their communities. Now let’s amp it up.

#44 Start Welcoming People Outside. This is huge because it’s takes a big step for people to come visit your church and when they’re in the parking lot and it’s just quiet out there, you know, it can be a little intimidating to walk in honestly.

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If you have a big parking lot, maybe you have parking lot attendants that helps. You can also put people outside the doors of your church and welcome people. You can do all kinds of things to make people feel welcome.

A few weeks ago it was raining on a Sunday morning and I noticed that the, the greeters that are normally outside the church all had umbrellas and they were kind of under this overhanging. And so when they saw my family pull into a parking spot and start to get out, one of them ran over with a large umbrella and walked us up to the front doors of the church so that we didn’t get wet. And that was really awesome how they just cared for us in that way.

And I was thinking for all the first time visitors that came that Sunday, how welcomed they must have felt when someone ran over with an umbrella when they started to get out of their car without one and help them walk to the church and they can have a little quick conversation with them and welcome them to the church.

So, be creative with this. Figure out how you can have greeters outside the doors of your church, welcoming people as they come in. Our church even has some heat lamps so that when it gets really cold in the winter, they placed those outside the front doors and the greeters are kind of standing in a heated area and are still able to welcome people as they come in and warm up.

In the next video, I’m going to talk about the importance of encouraging your people to share on social media. Until then, amp it up.

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John Falke

John Falke (aka Johnny Flash) is a church communications expert from Washington D.C. He founded Open Resources in 2008, which has been utilized by churches from 150 countries, and the Amplified Impact church communication training program. Over the course of a decade he helped his church grow from 500 to 2500 in weekly attendance. He speaks regularly at conferences, authored the Photoshop For Ministry seminar series and has written articles for several major magazines.

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