One of the biggest fears that people have of churches is that they want things from people—money, time, loyalty. And while it’s true that true discipleship is demanding, for unchurched guests, we don’t want them to feel that they owe the church anything. We want to love and share with them.
One of the best ways to do this, is to give out prayer cards to guests (and regular members also). Just as we’ve found that asking our unchurched neighbors and the people we meet as we go about our business, what we can pray for them, it is also a wonderfully welcoming way to approach guests. These can be used in place of connection cards and are a much more welcoming way to interact with visitors.
Which response from the pulpit do think is more likely to get filled out?
- “Please fill out the visitor card so we know you were here.”
- Or the one I dislike the most: “Please fill out the visitor pad that is being passed around so we have a record of your attendance.”
- “We’d love to pray for you! Whatever your need share it with us. Your requests are totally confidential to our prayer team and if you don’t want even them to know we will pray for you anonymously.”
The examples of the cards below are to inspire everyone, and for Effective Church Communication Members, below the image gallery is a link to a ZIP file that has downloadable, ready-to-print PDFs of the cards, editable MS Publisher files and hi and web res jpg images of all the cards.
Below is a link to ready-to-print PDFs, editable MS Publisher files and jpg images. CLICK here for information and to sign up for ECC Membership. One ECC Membership can be shared with all the stafff and members of your church who work on church communications.
CLICK HERE to download the PDF that has all the files for you.