Adopt a person Someone has said, “The church is good at being friendly, but not good at making friends” Many people come in the front door and leave through the back door. How can we turn that around? People need to make meaningful friendships. Here’s an idea on how to do that….. Identify people who are really good at building relationships and who have “eyes to see” new people. Invite them to a meal or to have coffee and talk about the vision for this ministry Train them up in what you are asking them to do Give them a clear job description Ask them if they will take on a single person or a couple when they come to the Corps They would need to do things like…. Sit with them the first Sunday Explain things in the service that might not be familiar to them Take them to morning tea Introduce them to some other people Follow them up the first week, maybe with some home made biscuits or something suitable Within the first month, ask them to a meal, perhaps with another couple of people Invite them to a small group when applicable Extend the group of friends If people are not identified to do this, and not trained, then often people don’t stick around too long. Remember, you only get one chance with new people. They don’t have to come back. Think through this strategy where you are.