We assume that when a person visits our group and becomes a member, they are now a part of the group. It is true, they are on our ministry list but that does not make them a part of the group. Assimilation is essential. Becoming a part of a group does not end with enrollment. Here are few ideas to better assimilate members after enrollment.
Have parties: Class socials help new folks to connect. People get to know one another. They become friends when socials are a part of group-life.
Do missions together: Serving alongside others helps new folks feel they are a part of something bigger than themselves.
Rearrange the room: People tend to sit in the same place week after week. Rearranging the room forces people to sit with those they do not know as well.
Include guests in social media conversations: Much of our communication and conversations are done on social media or text. Include guests in those conversations.
Special occasions: Celebrate with a card to be a part of those special events in life.
Worship together: Sit with guests in worship.
Introductions are important: As a leader we need to make sure everyone knows everyone. For a couple of months after the person becomes a part of the group keep introducing them to others.
Name tags: Everyone should wear them. New people are learning names. Help them.
Mike Taylor is a State Missionary for Adult Groups and Faith Development at the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.