Why Follow Up with Visitors?

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

Why do Church Visitation?

2 Timothy 2:1-2 teaches us that:

Therefore, my  son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. These things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Paul was Timothy’s chief teacher of Christ. Paul alludes to the many witnesses who could testify of Paul teaching young Timothy of the truths about Christ. He instructs the young disciple to entrust the lessons he learned to others who could teach others. This is an important principle for understanding the development of the early church. Specially selected men who possessed the two qualities of faithfulness and ability to teach were to be set apart for the task of handing on the teaching. [1]

         Evangelism is taught and caught. You can read about witnessing all you want but until you go out and see evangelism first hand, you won’t truly learn how to become an effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.  We all have to agree that the church’s role is to make lasting disciples. Wow! Now wouldn’t it be awesome if every person who visited our church became an active member of our church.

But the reality is and we must all admit that we are not getting 100 percent new visitor retention and involvement and activation. By the way, not even Jesus had 100 percent retention. Why you just have to read the Gospel of John 6 and see that “many left him” after He preached some difficult sayings and messages and principles. But anyone worth his salt in ministry strives to see a retention that would make Jesus proud.

Starting a visitation ministry in your church is vital for your ministry and church if you plan to aid God in growing the church. One question I get at many conferences is the concept of visitation biblical? Yes it is. Why just read the gospels and you will see Jesus going to the home of many individuals. One instance is when Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. He also went the Peter’s home and healed his mother Mark 1:29-39.

The purpose of visitation is it communicates to people the church is concerned and cared about them and their well-being.

Who is a prospect, any person who has visited the church or event and you do not know if they are born again or have a home church. The chemistry of your teams that make the visits is important. There are team leader qualifications, and learner qualifications as well as disciplines for both.

There are many other points to the lesson of “How to Start a Visitation Ministry” for your church. You can contact me, Victor Benavides at evangeman@comcast.net and schedule me for a church or area wide church training/conference.

[1]Carson, D. A.: New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. 4th ed.Leicester,England;Downers Grove,Ill.,USA : Inter-Varsity Press, 1994, S. 2 Ti 2:1


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