By Rev. Patrick Broz, special contributor
Looking for a way to create, resurrect or enhance your church’s hospitality ministry? Searching for ways to increase weekly worship attendance not just for Christmas and Easter but throughout the entire year? Having trouble reaching your Vital Congregations goals in 2013 and beyond?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes” or even “maybe,” then your church can go on a Guest Quest.
Guest Quest is an instructional resource to assist churches that want to improve their hospitality, invitation, follow-up and follow-through with new people in worship. Whether your church is in a small, rural community or a large city, Guest Quest can help change its culture and increase participation in the life of your church.
Training for Guest Quest is done through the United Methodist Communications Moodle website. Four sessions have been videotaped to guide churches of all sizes through the process of preparing for a special Sunday worship event, planning the event itself and, perhaps most importantly, effective ways to follow up on guests. All of these tips can be deployed not just for a special Sunday but for any Sunday.
One of the best aspects about this evangelism resource is that it was written by a group of people in the Great Plains Area. It’s not a “boxed” program from someone on the East Coast or a seminary professor needing to publish something. It was written by those in the Great Plains Area for use in the Great Plains Area. Any assistance needed by churches along their path to their Guest Quest success is given by members of the Great Plains Area.
Congregations are encouraged to do the training as a group. In order to begin your Guest Quest, contact Rev. Patrick Broz at firstname.lastname@example.org. A website, www.guestquest.org, also has been developed to assist local churches in obtaining more information about how Guest Quest can work in your local mission post.
Rev. Patrick Broz is the pastor at Kingman UMC.