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CFTROU 0034: Connections: First Connection

This is the third in our four-part series on “Connections.” Today we’re talking to Bev Bonner and Kim Wells about our First Connection class. This is a one-time class that allows us to get to know our guests and allows them to get to know us. We’ll take a look at the history of the program and how it has changed with time to serve Family Church. The goal, again, is to connect guests first to God and then to His church. We want to help people take their next spiritual step and to introduce them to our family at Family Church. It is also people’s first in-depth look at the culture of our church. We want to invite them to join us in our mission to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design.

Key Points:

  • First Connection as a way to help people take their next spiritual step.
  • Description of First Connection and the “why” behind it.
  • Creating a place to have bottleneck conversations.
  • The importance of longevity and regularity with any guest program.
  • Introducing the content and themes that are so vital to Family Church.
  • Giving people the opportunity to share their story and hear the Family Church story.
  • The keys to having a successful First Connection program.
  • Scaling and filtering guests to connect them with the church.

First Connection the system we developed to help people identify and take their next spiritual step. Click To TweetWe create a bottleneck conversation so that a trained volunteer can have a meal with a guest and take the time to hear their story. Click To TweetWe want people to know that Family Church is about stories. We all have a story. We like to tell the story of Family Church. We want to hear people’s stories. Click To Tweet

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Phone Script for Invite

First Connection Book – English

First Connection Book – Spanish

First Connection Table Host – Getting the Story

First Connection Table Host – Revised with 3 Circles

Blue Card

Next Steps Booklet

Leading Your Child to Authentic Faith

Ministry Platform

Jimmy on Twitter

Bev Bonner on Twitter

Kim Wells on Twitter

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