The New Welcome

$75.00

The New Welcome helps you open your church to the transformative presence of new people — welcoming newcomers by acknowledging the changing ways that people enter into the life of churches. Through engaging videos, presentations, and supplemental materials you will learn concepts and strategies to welcome and respond to first-time and repeat visitors, reach younger generations, expand your entry points, and get new people involved.

The New Welcome is appropriate for self study and for use with groups in your church.

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Presenters

Asa LeeDr. Ann MichelPhoto of Doug PoweDr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Dr. Asa Lee, associate dean of community life of Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Ann A. Michel, associate director of the Lewis Center
Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Urban Ministry and associate director of the Center for the Missional Church at Wesley Theological Seminary
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center


Video Presentations

The New Realities of Engaging Newcomers (34:29 min)
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Increasingly there is no single pattern for how people enter, engage, and join congregations. This presentation describes a paradigm shift in how new people come into the life of churches and the implications of these changes for ministries of evangelism and hospitality.

How Newcomers Can Renew the Church (20:58 min)
Dr. Asa Lee
When congregations open themselves to the gifts of newcomers they are blessed by new energy and different perspectives. This presentation explores the theological significance of a new paradigm of welcome that embraces the ways newcomers can transform the church, rather than expecting the church to transform them.


Narrated Presentations

Expanding Your Church’s Entry Points (22:57 min)
Dr. Ann A. Michel
Increasingly newcomers enter the life of a congregation through venues other than worship, such as service activities, fellowship, or community events. Learn how your congregation can attract and engage more new people by recognizing and expanding other points of entry.

Getting Newcomers Involved (29:47 min)
Dr. Ann A. Michel
In the new paradigm of congregational engagement, newcomers often participate in congregational activities before joining a church or sometimes even before professing faith. Discover ways of getting new people connected quickly with ministry opportunities to welcome them and help them grow in faith.

How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations (33:26 min)
Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.
How can the Black Church reclaim its relevance with young adults who are often absent from church and alienated by institutional religion? Learn how your congregation can attract a new generation while remaining true to your unique cultural heritage.

Responding to First-time and Repeat Guests (11:45 min)
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
What happens in the first hours and days after a first-time guest visits your church? How many first-time guests return for a second visit? What do you do after the second visit? Learn how churches of all sizes can identify, greet, follow up, and keep track of first-time guests in a well-planned, systematic manner. And, discover resources for developing a distinctive plan for those who return for subsequent visits.

Welcoming Younger Adults (18:41 min)
Dr. Asa J. Lee
Younger adults often feel unwelcome in church because their life-styles can seem so different from those of other church goers. How can your church better welcome young adults? Learn about the needs and concerns of those in their twenties and thirties, based on recent sociological data.


Instructional Segments

The New Realities of Engaging Newcomers
Increasingly there is no single pattern for how people enter, engage, and join congregations. This presentation describes a paradigm shift in how new people come into the life of churches and the implications of these changes for ministries of evangelism and hospitality.

  • Video Presentation (34:29 min), Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center
  • Outline of Key Points

 

How Newcomers Can Renew the Church
When congregations open themselves to the gifts of newcomers they are blessed by new energy and different perspectives. This presentation explores the theological significance of a new paradigm of welcome that embraces the ways newcomers can transform the church, rather than expecting the church to transform them.

  • Video Presentation (20:58 min), Dr. Asa Lee, associate dean of community life of Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Outline of Key Points

 

Expanding Your Church’s Entry Points
Increasingly newcomers enter the life of a congregation through venues other than worship, such as service activities, fellowship, or community events. Learn how your congregation can attract and engage more new people by recognizing and expanding other points of entry.

  • Narrated Presentation (22:57 min), Dr. Ann Michel, associate director of the Lewis Center
  • Outline of Key Points
  • Leading Ideas Article: “Shifting Entry Points”
  • Leading Ideas Article: “Mission as the Emerging Entry Point for New People”

 

Getting Newcomers Involved
In the new paradigm of congregational engagement, newcomers often participate in congregational activities before joining a church or sometimes even before professing faith. Discover ways of getting new people connected quickly with ministry opportunities to welcome them and help them grow in faith.

  • Narrated Presentation (29:47 min), Dr. Ann Michel, associate director of the Lewis Center
  • Outline of Key Points

 

How African American Congregations Can Reach New Generations
How can the Black Church reclaim its relevance with young adults who are often absent from church and alienated by institutional religion? Learn how your congregation can attract a new generation while remaining true to your unique cultural heritage.

  • Narrated Presentation (33:26 min), Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr., professor of evangelism and urban ministry of Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Outline of Key Points

 

Responding to First-time and Repeat Guests
What happens in the first hours and days after a first-time guest visits your church? How many first-time guests return for a second visit? What do you do after the second visit? Learn how churches of all sizes can identify, greet, follow up, and keep track of first-time guests in a well-planned, systematic manner. And, discover resources for developing a distinctive plan for those who return for subsequent visits.

  • Narrated Presentation (11:45 min), Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center
  • Outline of Key Points

 

Welcoming Younger Adults
Younger adults often feel unwelcome in church because their life-styles can seem so different from those of other church goers. How can your church better welcome young adults? Learn about the needs and concerns of those in their twenties and thirties, based on recent sociological data.

  • Video Presentation (18:41 min), Dr. Asa Lee, associate dean of community life of Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Outline of Key Points