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Ask Members to Commit to Weekly Worship, Serving and Bible Study

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Idea Starter: Savannah Christian Church challenges members to three hours a week in God

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Donate to Charity for Every Connection Card Turned In

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Idea Starter: Encourage first-time visitors to turn in connection cards by donating to charity for each submitted card.

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Offer Interest- and Background-Based Small Groups

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Idea Starter: The Church on the Way connects members with groups based on topic, season, ethnicity, formation and even homelessness.

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Idea Starter: Hold a “Get Plugged In” Activities Fair Following Sunday Services

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Hold an activities fair to involve members of your church who are still hovering on the sidelines

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How to Really Be a Church Where All Are Welcome

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Lead Pastor Jim Burgen shares how to get people to relax and stay to figure out their relationship with God

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Idea: 3 Ways to Use Apps

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Use apps to grow your church and retain members.

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Idea: Get an Entire Community to Value a Local Church

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How Harvest Church in Billings, Mont., makes the church a much-loved fixture among the unchurched in its community

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Idea: Reach Families Affected by Mental Illness

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How Community of Grace Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., effectively helps and loves families affected by mental illness.

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Plug First-Time Guests Into the Church Immediately After the Service

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Experience Life Church helps first-time guests evaluate where they are on their faith journey immediately.

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Idea Starter: Home-Based Small Groups Reach Out to Neighbors and Friends

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How One Church Does It: EastLake Church asks group leaders to open groups to acquaintances to connect them to church.

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