Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Online Resources

Community Demographics

You can print out a report of demographic information for the area surrounding your parish (for urban areas with much smaller neighborhoods, you can request a specialized report.)

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/evangelisminitiatives/church-demographics

 

Marketing Your Parish: Advertising Best Practices for Effective Evangelism

Brief and extremely basic guide to marketing Episcopal parishes put out by TEC. Note: Does not take into consideration what happens when people actually show up! https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/marketing_your_parish_tec.pdf

Companion Material for Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other, and the Spirit of Transformation. https://www.churchpublishing.org/radicalwelcome

 

On General Welcoming and Radical Hospitality:

Best Practices for the Inviting Congregation

  • Extremely basic how-to for creating an inviting congregation. (However, does not include any mention of social media/online practices).

Best Practices for Inclusive Congregations

  • One-pager about multicultural inclusiveness in parishes.

The Practices of a Radically Welcoming Community

  • The necessary next steps for becoming a radically welcoming community.

 

Strategic planning resources (largely, good questions to ask discerning congregations):

Studying Your Reality: Where are we Now?

Charting Your Dream: Where is God inviting us to Go?

Building the Bridge

 

Best-of Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices

Amp Up Your Hospitality by Kathy Copas

  • Esp. thought-provoking are the “Wal-Mart/Gas Station Challenge” and “Ministry of First Impressions.”

Making Room by Richelle Thompson

  • First person narrative of the importance of welcoming newcomers by guiding them through the service.

Practicing Our Slogan by Scott Gunn

  • Excellent article with concrete tips about ways to help parishes see how welcoming they really are.

The Data Shows: Invite and They Will Come by Nurya Love Parish

  • One priest’s experiment in using FB video ads before Christmas (spoiler: attendance went up 13%).

Christian Hospitality Vestry Papers, Sept. 2007

Tools for Evangelism Vestry Papers, Nov. 2016

 

Evangelism Initiatives from 815

Here are some helpful handouts from TEC’s Evangelism Initiative:

  

United Methodist Resources

The Methodists have the most robust mainline denominational training and resources for hospitality and welcoming.

Welcoming Ministry Online Course

Six-week online class with assignments, teacher and class discussion for $30.

https://www.umctraining.org/product?catalog=Welcoming-Ministry-Online-Course

 

Welcoming Overview includes checklists for improving church hospitality.

http://www.umcom.org/learn/welcoming-overview. See also 7 Practical Elements of Welcoming.

 

Welcoming Resources:

Encourage Guests to Return with Great Follow-Ups

  • Provides practical tips for follow-up with visitors.

5 types of church visitors: Are you ready for them?

  • Article outlining the basic idea that different people visit churches for different reasons, and some suggestions for beginning to think through the challenge.

One-Hour Welcoming Training Session

Mystery Guest Audit

  • Instructions and checklist/survey for guest auditors to fill out. Although if you’re interested in a guest audit, please reach out to the SFRC and they’ll get your parish set up with a guest audit and follow-up visit.

Welcoming Tips Handout

  • Best part of this: “Rule of 10” which instructs parishioners to greet anyone that comes within 10 feet of them, especially people they don’t know.

 

 

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