It’s our 3rd and final week to discuss a strategy for welcoming guests to your Bible study group. We began in week 1 talking about the importance of an initial encounter with a newcomer. Last week we outlined a few helpful tips for following up with someone who has visited your Bible study. This week we’re focusing on what to do after a guest has visited once or twice.
Taking a minute to keep in touch with a guest is valuable! One natural way to do this is to contact them a week or so before your next unit of study is to begin. Whether they’ve been there a few times already, or you haven’t seen them in a few weeks, the launch of a new quarter’s study is a great opportunity to connect.
Let them know the focus of the upcoming study. This just lets them know what they can expect to study. It also highlights the purpose of your group’s weekly gathering and the importance of studying God’s Word.
Share the start date of the new study. Be sure to include when your next study launches. For example, our Summer Explore the Bible study of Jeremiah and Lamentations begins in June. If your group meets on Sundays, June 4 will be the start of that new study.
Invite them to any extra events your group has planned. This could be your next group fellowship, a mission project your group will be participating in, or a special church-wide event.
It’s always worth the time and effort to welcome newcomers well. A text, email, or another way of connecting will show your guest that you are glad they came. Don’t miss this opportunity to minister to those who are seeking a Bible study group to participate in!