Last week we jumped into the topic of welcoming guests to our Bible study group. This week, we ask this question: Once someone has visited our group, what is our next step? The answer: follow up! Always make it a priority to follow up with someone who has visited your group. The main idea is to simply invite them back. This doesn’t have to be time-consuming or formal in any way. A quick text, email, or note dropped into the mail all accomplish the task. Let them know you’re glad they came and extend the invitation to join your group again.
Here are a few tips for following up with guests:
Enlist a group member to do this. As a group leader, you may choose to be the one to follow up with guests. Or, you can ask for a volunteer to take on this ministry. Giving away ministry tasks in your group allows group members to be more engaged and offers opportunities for them to exercise their spiritual gifts.
Make it your goal to follow up within a few days. This practice will help get you in the habit of following up quickly. It also communicates to your guest quickly that you value their participation.
A short note is effective. I’ve visited churches and been pleasantly surprised to receive a handwritten note in the mail the next week. These never failed to impress me since they take a bit more time and effort than a quick text. However, a text works just fine! And guests can respond to your text with questions or comments.
It is really that simple? It is. Getting into the habit of following up with a guest may take time and practice. But, it is worth it!