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First published on this website in August 2021 and last updated in August 2023

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Many churches confess that, even if great at an initial welcome, they are pretty haphazard at the next stage on. Hence these new notes which suggest a possible process with a flexible plan so that you can cater for the needs of different people.

Three case studies illustrate the principles suggested: Alastair, Ann and family are looking for a new church, Becky is a single mum from your Toddlers Group, and Cyril is a widower in his 70s fleeing from a church where a new Minister is changing everything.

What is needed is a ‘care plan’ tailored to each person. This should take into account:

  • who they are, uniquely made in God’s image;
  • their starting point – where they are just now;
  • where they need to get to.

You then devise a ‘route’ and determine the ‘speed’ of travel.

A number of possible stages in the process are listed. These are followed by ten principles to follow such as:

  • Adjust your follow-up route to fit the person.
  • Run newcomer events or groups.
  • Have the process well organised but people-centred.
  • It’s more important they join the Church rather than your church.


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Author's notes

These notes were updated in August 2023 with some amendments to the layout.