This book is a practical and timely resource for clergy and laity. It offers 52 short (one- to two-page) practical pointers to assist congregations in extending hospitality to newcomers, making them feel welcome, and taking positive steps to ensure they look forward to returning. Additionally, it includes: clever pull quotes for use on posters and in bulletins and newsletters; an appendix that gathers up the illustrations mentioned throughout; a checklist of items needing attention; questions for discussion and action; a selected annotated bibliography; and, as a bonus, several copy-ready bulletin inserts on various facets of hospitality.
Praise for 52 Ways to Ignite Your Congregation:
"Few churches fail to describe themselves as 'friendly', yet many are casual about the practice of hospitality. Here is a much needed 'how to' for churches prepared to extend radical hospitality and warm welcome so that they may grow in spirit and numbers"
—Tim Downs, conference minister, Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, Atlanta, Georgia