Agenda for First Impressions/Assimilation Study Group Wed., April 9, 2008 5:30 p.m.

Location – FCWC

. . . . .”Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. . . . .”

B. Prayer time (Requests included)

Moments of Truth surveys - _________________will compile these results and have for April 23rd meeting.

D. Report from Laura on visit to Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, Georgia.

Discard “Core Values” and “Obstacles and Vision” pages given to you at last meeting. We will be focusing on the two-page document from the Strategic Planning Committee beginning with the new Mission Statement: Reaching out to every family with the hope of Jesus. . . .equipping them to live as dynamic followers of Him. … Discussion – Any nuggets from handout taken from First Impressions Book . By April 20th, please e-mail Laura your comments and suggestions concerning possible proposals based on information learned by you so far. Reminder: these need to be culturally relevant, seeker friendly, family focused, and encouraging. Laura will compile these results and have ready for April 23rd meeting.



Revisit concerns brought up at our March 26th meeting: 1. Check-in procedure for children (hear findings from Carma)  Why is the check-in process important?  How can the check-in process be simplified or more friendly?  How can the check-in process be consistent?


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Bulletin: How can it be improved to encourage assimilation? Does it need to be changed weekly? Could it be made out once a month? How could the format be changed? What would it include? Greeters and Welcome Center: (Hear findings from Tom)  Is the existing team plan acceptable? If not, could it be “tweaked” or does a new plan need to be developed?  How is the team trained now? How could the training be improved?  How important is it for the greeters and the people stationed at the Welcome Center to have the spiritual gifts of hospitality, encouragement, and/or ??????  How do we propose to get more people involved?  Do we need a job description for greeters?


Tour the church both inside and outside – Each person should make notes to bring back to April 23rd meeting. See attached document concerning Core Values. Prayer requests and closing prayer

I. J.

K. Next meeting is Wednesday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at FCWC.
Core Value Thoughts to Ponder Concerning First Impressions (Refer to Core Values from Strategic Planning Committee) Core Value #1: When guests come to our church, do they grasp the importance we place on personally knowing Jesus?

 Is it in the bulletin via classes offered, types of “activities”?  Are Bible made available to guests?  Is there written information about Next Steps readily and easily available to guests?  Is Next Steps talked about from the pulpit every Sunday?  Is there easy access to Next Steps room? Core Value #2:  When guests come to our church do they hear in each message about Christ’s transforming power based on Biblical teachings?  Do we need to make the same Bibles available to all and state the page number where Scripture is found?  Is it obvious to guests that “we as a body” are different? Core Value #3: When guests come to our church does he/she know we are a House of Prayer?  How many times do we pray during a service? Is this a valid question?  Do we need a Prayer Chapel? Core Value #4:  When guests come to our church can they easily access information about small groups?  Do we put an emphasis on the importance of doing life together?  Could we have a Welcome Card where guests would have an opportunity to “tell us about their experience at FCWC”?  Is there anything about our service or our facility that could be distracting to our guests? Core Value #5: This seems to relate to Assimilation more than First Impressions.

Core Value #6: Does a guest see, feel, hear, smell, and taste that all that we are at FCWC glorifies Jesus and relates to today’s culture.  Taste and smell – coffee bar. . . .  Hear – praise songs heard in parking lot and during service; gospel message  Touch – handshake, hug, comfortable seating  Sight - Landscaping and exterior of church as well as interior (decorating and signs)

Suggestions and questions: 1. Do guests know they can buy gourmet coffee in the youth area? 2. Do guests know they can get coffee and cookies/muffins in coffee bar in lobby? 3. Could we name the coffee bar in the lobby – Higher Grounds Café? Could that name be painted in black letters on the “pipes” above the area? 4. Is there a need for the track lighting in the lobby? 5. Could someone take over the “basket of supplies” in the ladies restroom so Sue doesn’t have that responsibility? 6. Could there be ONE person appointed to oversee the décor of the lobby? Could that person create a five-year plan to be approved by the board? 7. Is there a solution to our Name Tag situation? Laura