Fall is around the corner and with that comes a natural desire to revamp and reboot!  How can you help your people get back into the rhythm of things? This usually begins with thinking about how to help people reconnect relationally after the summer. 

Summer is a disruptive season for most congregations – people travel, families are in and out of town, others are simply too busy with work and the extra social events that the summer invites. In the midst of the fun, a person’s church participation and spiritual community can often suffer. Church attendance nearly always goes down in the summertime, small groups take a break, and events slow down. But it all picks back up in the fall! 

Many churches are still recovering their numbers from the pandemic as people slowly make their way back to church. All this time away from the church can cause a person to question their place in the community. So how can you help people re-engage relationally? What do people need? What are they looking for from your church community? 

People who want to re-engage with their church community are looking to discover the place where they belong and feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. If they have children, they want to get their kids involved in some kind of Christian education. People are searching for meaningful ways to use their gifts and passions for the Kingdom of God through their church community. 

Relaunch your church community and help people get off to a fresh start. 

Events are a good way to get everyone together:

  • Movies in the park 
  • Sports
  • Sharing meals together

This is a casual way to allow everyone to reconnect with friends and get to know visitors or other congregation members they haven’t spent much time with. 

Small groups 

  • Launch a small-group campaign: post important dates on the church calendar. 
  • Make small groups visible – post with details about each group 
  • Make small groups accessible – create an easy sign-up system  

*Do the same for family ministries including children, youth, young adult, etc.

Service opportunities

  • Invite church members to take a spiritual gift assessment by appointment. 
  • Communicate various ways to serve inside and outside the walls of the church. 
  • Help people discover what they are passionate about and the best fit for them within the Body. 

Your church will do things YOUR way. The size and environment of your church will change how you reach out, and what kind of services you offer. 

3 important steps to  engage your congregation:

  1. Map out the process to involve people
  2. Clearly communicate the vision
  3. Make the sign up and onboarding process easy
  4. Create a very healthy culture in all your teams and ministries so that people have an amazing experience
  5. Share stories of how people’s lives are changed to the congregation

MOST IMPORTANT: Make sure that the people representing these events, ministries and groups are warm, welcoming and helpful!

How are YOU fostering new rhythms and relationships this fall? Share with us in the comment section!

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