In 2015 when a new guest shows up at your church unannounced, you have experienced a miracle.Very few people are out there church shopping these days.
Fruitful churches keep the miracle alive by creating a culture of hospitality. As one element of that culture, they use something like the Five-Ten-Link process. Here is my colleague Jim Ozier teaching this concept:
- Our entire church body covenants to seek out and connects with someone we don’t know or whose name we can’t recall for the last five minutes before the worship service is to start and for the first five minutes after the service ends.
- Our entire church body covenants that when two or three of us are having a friendly conversation and someone we don’t know walks by within ten feet of us, that we will break from our friends and connect with that person we don’t know.
- Our entire church body covenants that when we meet someone new that we will link them with and introduce him or her to someone we know with whom she or he shares some characteristic or affinity.
Don’t waste the miracle of a first time guest! Teach your congregation to practice the Five-Ten-Link rule in worship several times a year.