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Why Your Church Should Use the Plan Your Visit Strategy

Why Plan Your Visit church outreach strategy
Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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Are you familiar with the Plan Your Visit church outreach strategy?

If not, let me give you a brief overview…

What is Plan Your Visit?

Most of the time when people are looking for a church, they search online, view a church’s website, and then maybe they visit on a Sunday… and maybe they don’t. If they don’t, you’ll never know.

Visiting a church for the first time can be kind of scary. Put yourself in the shoes of a first time visitor… they don’t know anyone, they don’t know what your services/gatherings are like, they don’t know where anything is. They might want to visit, but come Sunday morning decide, “You know… I’m just not up for it today.”

With Plan Your Visit, you give website visitors the opportunity to schedule their visit by filling out a short online form. Then you have a Host who

  • Contacts them to answer any questions before their visit
  • Meets them at the front door
  • Shows them around
  • Introduces them to people
  • Helps them get their kids where they need to go
  • Sits with them during the service

Basically all the things you would do if a friend was visiting your church for the first time.

Why should your church use the Plan Your Visit strategy?

It’s all about people… the people in your community who don’t know Jesus… the people in your community who know Jesus but aren’t a part of a local church community.  Check out this video, in which we share 5 Reasons Your Church Needs Plan Your Visit

Get a Plan Your Visit Website

Our team at OurChurch.Com is really excited about the Plan Your Visit strategy!

We are developing some new themes for our WP-EZ Church Website Builder designed with the specific tools and pages a church needs to implement the Plan Your Visit strategy.

Free Plan Your Visit Training

But Plan Your Visit isn’t just a web page and a form. It’s a church-wide outreach strategy.

We want to help you and your church make the most of this strategy, so we have also launched a new Plan Your Visit course in the WP-EZ Training Center (available from your MyOCC Dashboard). [Updated 3/30/23]

The course includes 9 video lessons, along with action steps, and more to help you and your church implement Plan Your Visit.

Want to reach people in your community this Easter?

With the tools and training we’re providing, your church could be using Plan Your Visit before Easter, and see more visitors at your Easter Sunday services than ever before!

Just to be clear, we’re not trying to sell you anything. The Plan Your Visit themes and tools will be included in our WP-EZ Website Builder at no additional cost. The Plan Your Visit Training is completely free. It also takes very little time to set up and start using the Plan Your Visit strategy.

We’re giving you all of this because we want to see your church reach more people in your community with the gospel and get them connected in your church.

If you were looking for a school, a job, or a doctor you would plan your visit. Why not let visitors to your church plan their visit too?  

Why Plan Your Visit church outreach strategy

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What’s your next step?

  • Share this with your church’s leadership team. Watch the video and discuss it.

Comment and Discuss

  • Which of the 5 reasons in the video resonates with you most?
  • What questions do you have about the Plan Your Visit strategy?

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    About the author

    Paul Steinbrueck

    Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com, husband, father of 3, blogger. You can follow him on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck.