How To Create An Effective Follow-up System In Your Church: Invest In Them Before They Pray


When does your church begin to invest in new people? If you wait for them to pray a sinner’s prayer before investing in them, that could be a reason why some people are not retained.

An opportunity was missed because they waited too long ...

I recently attended a very good gospel concert in one of our churches. The concert was going well and there were a number of visitors. However, I was dismayed to see the concert dragging on and on without an altar call and the gospel being presented. After a while half of the visitors left without hearing the gospel. By the time the altar call was made 75% of the visitors had already left. An opportunity was missed because they waited too long.

Don't allow people to pass through the church without investment ...

A similar thing can happen in church when we wait too long to invest in people, waiting for a specific prayer, while people pass though the church and leave before we ever begin to invest in them.

Traditional thinking about follow-up ...

The traditional thinking about follow-up is that it begins when a person prays to receive Christ. While this is generally true, we don’t have to wait for them to pray before investing in them. Sometimes it is the investment in them that gives them the understanding that causes them to pray to receive Christ.

Times when you need to wait ...

I’m not advocating a reckless approach to follow-up or ministry, where we give new people expression and responsibility in the church without going through the proper process. When we were in Reading a man turned up in church on his first visit and told us that he was an accomplished keyboard player & needed to join our worship team. On his next visit he turned up with his keyboard, and was most disappointed that he was required to attend the church for a while and fulfill ministry standards before being given a position of trust, privilege, prominence and expression in the church.

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As soon as a new person steps into church we must begin to invest in them ...

The church needs to be set up in a way that facilitates early investment in people. As soon as a new person steps into church we must begin to invest in them. Immediately. Here are some practical suggestions.

Welcome Packs. Have a pack that is given to new visitors. This can include details of upcoming events, brief history of the church, audio sermon, prayer request slip, details of bible studies & home groups.

Christian Foundations Class. Replace the New Believer’s Class with a Christian Foundations Class, which is more inclusive and informative for everyone. That way older members, or people who have not yet prayed can also attend and begin to understand the gospel message.

Make a concerted effort to reach the people who are inside the church but disconnected ...

Inreach. Many churches engage in outreach and evangelism ministry. But not many practise inreach. This is where a concerted effort is made to reach the people who are inside the church but disconnected or on the periphery. This would work by treating such people almost in the same way as new converts; assigned to a care team, regular contact, growth tools, calls, visits, audio sermons, books, fellowship, etc.

Wisdom & discernment ...

We must use wisdom and discernment when dealing with new people and aim to recognise those who are sincerely seeking Jesus, even before they pray a sinner’s prayer.

Let us not invest in people when they pray, instead let us invest in people for as long as they’re in the church. Before they pray and after they pray.

Let us not be waiting for them to come to Christ, while they are waiting for us to show them Christ & lead them to him.

Check out these helpful articles;

Are We More Invested In Bringing People To Church Or To Jesus

Why Saying The Sinner's Prayer Is Not Enough

Discipleship Classes

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