The front doors of many churches today are closing. “Front doors” is a term that describes how most newcomers first come in contact with a church—as visitors to worship or to some other special event. It is out of this visitor pool that churches have traditionally identified prospective new members. However, in the past 20 years both the total numberof church visitors has been declining, as well as the percentage of visitors to total attendance in most churches.
If you want to see your church survive, let alone thrive, I suggest that you build some new “side-doors” that will create new ways to connect with people in your community.
What is a “side-door”? Here is a definition:
Side-door: A church-sponsored program, group, or activity in which a non-member/non-Christian can become comfortably involved and develop meaningful relationships with people in the church.
A side-door provides a place where church members and non-members develop friendships around something important they share in common. And such friendships are an important key that describes the most important means by which people come to Christ and the church.