Church planting is about networking, meeting hundreds of new people and gathering a crowd together to form the church.
When you meet new people, sometimes the conversation stalls. Even the most socially gifted people can get into a conversation that just isn’t going anywhere or is a little awkward.
Here is a good guide to help you keep the conversation flowing and make someone feel welcomed and listened to. When you’ve exhausted one topic, ask the next question… and listen to the person. Of course this is only a guide. One question may lead to an entire conversation without using the rest of the guide.
Home– Where do you live? How long have you lived there?
Employment– What do you do for a living? How long have you been doing that?
Loved ones– Do you have children? Do you have family in the area? (Careful with this one because infertility or family dysfunction can bring up difficult emotions. Tread lightly on the topic of family.)
Past times– What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any hobbies? Where so you like to go on vacation?
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.