One of the most common strategies being used by churches today for increasing their rates of assimilating and retaining new people is the use of membership classes.
As a Minister of Education I found teaching my church's membership class a personally satisfying and rewarding experience. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to relationally connect with new people coming into our church, and it allowed me to better help navigate them thru their next steps of involvement and service.
Here are two great articles to help you explore starting a new membership class or to improve on what you perhaps are already doing.
How to Raise Expectations Through a Membership Class
Three Sample Formats for your Membership Class
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!