The Visitors' Information Packet
Feb. 17, 2010
A church must assign greeters at the doors. The greeters' #1 task is to spot new people.
The greeter must have a packet of materials for Sunday School. He must have a different packet for the main service.
In the Sunday school packet is the general brochure, a DVD, and a list of Sunday school rooms, topics, and ages. This sheet must have a map.
The general brochure should be four-color on slick paper. It must emphasize the major benefits of the church for new members. It must have a list of activities for age groups. It must have times listed. The usual items are there: pastor's phone number, his photo, and something about the congregation's history.
Then there must be a DVD that welcomes the family. Keep this to no more than 10 minutes. It should be the video that is on the congregation's YouTube channel.
You say you don't have a YouTube channel. Get one. It is free.
This video should begin with a welcome by the pastor. It is shot in high definition. You can but a hi-def camcorder for about $500. Or rent one.
He must use a lapel microphone. He must not rely on the camcorder's built-in mic. A Radio Shack mic is fine. It is under $30.
The pastor then narrates a tour of the church. The physical tour is an opportunity to describe the benefits. There must by at least 3 minutes of testimonials by people of various ages. If there is one testimonial of major deliverance, this is good.
A video like this can be edited by Microsoft's Movie Maker 2, which is free.
The focus of the DVD is on how the visitor will benefit by returning.
The brochure should have a short link URL (www.bit.ly) that takes the person to the same video on YouTube.
The video should feature the church's Website address in the lower right-hand corner.
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