Are you ready for people to Accept Christ?

I believe that scripture teaches that we should always be willing and ready to share our faith with those around us.  We place such a huge emphasis on people in our churches sharing the gospel.  I think this should be a part of not just our ‘church’ culture but a daily emphasis in the life of every believer.  We should want to tell others about what a difference He has made in our lives and how He could make a difference in the lives of our friends and family.  Imagine what would happen if just half of the believers in the world began to speak out with a passion about what God could do in peoples lives.

But what happens when someone actually does pray and accept Christ as their Savior?  What is the plan then?  I think we often focus so much on the front end of ‘sharing’ that we often fail to develop a plan for follow up with new believers.  We often fail to have a process that links them to discipleship.  This is why so many Christians still live ‘as infants in Christ’.  The following is a process that we have developed at our church and has been effective in not letting new believers fall through the cracks:

Week 1

Sunday:

  • New believers fill-out communication card, speak to a pastor, tell their small group leader, or come forward during invitation, or we are made aware of a decision from the previous week.
  • Assimilation Team enters information into church system.

Monday:

New Believer Package is mailed out by volunteer team with the following:

  • Printed letter from Lead Pastor
  • Baptism Invite
  • Starting Point Invite (This is a meeting of initial orientation to the church and lets people know how to get connected.)
  • Book – ‘Simple’ by Robert J. Morgan
  • Free Coffee & New Believer Bible Certificate
  • Sermon Collection (baptism, evangelism, discipleship, quiet time)

Tuesday:

  • Email from lead Pastor to all new believers
Wednesday:
Phone call from a person on the Prayer Team.

Week 2

Monday:

Phone call from someone on Assimilation Team.

  • Introduce themselves and welcome them to our church.
  • Ask if they picked up their free Bible & series.
  • Encourage reading the Bible and praying daily.
  • Encourage attendance at the next Starting Point (a meeting to get to know our church and how to connect). Try to get confirmation that day.
  • Ask if there is any Prayer requests that we could pray with them about.

Once they are on the Starting Point invitation list, they will receive the same follow-up that all Starting Point attendees receive (monthly invitation calls prior to meeting and follow up calls after the meeting to help them find a small group or ministry if they haven’t plugged in to one), in addition to new believer’s follow-up.

1 Year

Celebrate their first spiritual birthday! Mail a packet including:

  • Celebratory Letter
  • Book – (spiritual growth book of some type: Purpose Driven Life, Christian Atheist, Forgotten God, etc…)
  • Invitation cards
  • Phone Call: A pastor will call to check in on each new believer.
Let’s work together to reach the lost for Christ and build His Kingdom as He opens the doors.  Let’s work just as hard not just to reach them, but to keep them as an essential part of the body of Christ.
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About John Herring

I've been in ministry for almost 20 years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles including, Student and Children's Pastor, Worship and Media Pastor, Education/Small Groups Pastor, Associate Pastor, Church Administrator, Missions Pastor and 'other duties as assigned' Pastor. Many of these have been within the same church and I have had the opportunity to see a variety of changes and transitions in ministry over the past 20 years. I enjoy coaching, consulting, mentoring and investing in leaders to see them become who it is God created them to be. As I do all of these, I am also in transition from where God had me to where He is taking me and enjoying learning more about Him in the journey. I am blessed to have been married to a beautiful godly woman, Alisha, for 11 years and have 2 amazing kids. I continue to learn more about them, myself and God every day. View all posts by John Herring

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  • Sandy

    Thanks for this information. I am challenged at my church because this process is not pastor supported. Any recommendations?

    • John Herring

      Sandy, It is always exciting to see someone accept Christ as their Savior. But that is only the beginning of helping someone develop their relationship with Christ. We have been also given the responsibility of discipleship. This process helps move people from initial believer to a place where they can develop as a disciple. With that said, I believe that we should honor the position of our lead pastors in our church and trust them as they follow God. They will ultimately be responsible to God for their actions as pastor. This is a huge weight to carry and your support will give them the strength to continue. However, you can use the process with those you have influence over (as long as it isn’t an attempt to go behind your pastors back) and those you personally lead to the Lord. It may be that if it is seen in action, your pastor would see the value of such a process in your church. My prayer is that many would come to Christ and you would have a HUGE need for this process.

  • Lisa Abbott

    John, do you have any samples of the celebratory letter you mention for the 1 year follow up? As we prepare for people to respond to Christ this Christmas I feel like we have a good track record and system in place for our initial follow up, but am still looking for ways to say connected to people a year later. Thanks!

    • John Herring

      Lisa, I generally make those letters personal to the person I am following up with at that time. However, there are a few things I keep in mind as I do make contact with them. If they have been active in church and are growing in their relationship with Christ. The letter is written in a way to celebrate the change that God has made in their life. At the same time to encourage them to stay consistent in their walk and their desire to grow in their faith. If they have moved away from the area or are not active in the church, the letter is written from the standpoint of a reminder. I want to celebrate their 1 year spiritual birthday with them and encourage them to get involved in a small group or invite them back to church. Additionally, depending on the size of your team, you may want to invite them to have coffee or a casual meeting just to find out about what God has done in their lives over the past year. I hope you find this helpful.

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