Here are the ways I’m currently gathering the Launch Team of One Church:
Read the comments below to get an update on these gathering methods.
- I find a way to talk about the church with EVERY single person I meet (it usually starts with “I just moved here a month ago. I moved to start a new church called One Church…”)
- Word of mouth networking through existing launch team relationships
- Google pay-per-click to increase website traffic
- Facebook ads targeting people within 10 miles of my location linking to the church facebook page
- I set up shop at Starbucks every day and build relationships with baristas and regulars
- I introduced myself to local hospital chaplains, police departments and fire departments (offering to be available in a crisis).
- Met with the local funeral homes to officiate funerals for families who don’t have a pastor
- A big honking church web address sticker on the rear window of my car
- Introduced myself to the local chamber of commerce
- Meeting with area pastors to network and pick their brains
- Posted craigslist ads for a worship leader, children’s director, and musicians
- Posted ad for musicians in local music stores
- Build relationship with person who cuts my hair
- Build relationship with servers at restaurants where I eat
- I where a One Church shirt almost every day (polos and t-shirts)
- Give away other promo items- pens, coffee travel mugs, tote bags, etc.
- I volunteered at the local city centennial celebration
- My wife and are leading a Financial Peace University class
- The launch team will be collecting nonperishable food items door to door every month to donate to the local food pantry
- I’m considering handing out water bottles on street corners (Steve Sjogren’s Servent Evangelism)
- I’m considering sending a mailer to new residents every month (outreach.com)
- Have a presence at every local festival or public event that you can (give water bottles, etc.)
- My wife meets other moms when she takes our son to story time at the library
- I’ll share other ideas as I try them.
I’m currently in the process of planting One Church in Chandler, AZ (onechurch.com). There are plenty of how-to church planting books, online resources and conferences. I wanted to share specific tips from my experience that church planters need to know that are often not included in other resources. Hope this helps.