Member Mission Goes Door to Door

By The Rev. A. Wayne Schwab

A way for those doing door-to-door visiting to communicate a congregation’s commitment to the member mission vision.

[Clergy, do wear your collar – in today’s world, it says “You can trust me.”]

Begin with a first line that states who you are and why you are there.

“Hi, I’m ___, a member / on the staff of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I am knocking on doors just to make sure people know we are here – and here to help. I hope you will let me give you this [sheet, refrigerator door magnetic card, etc.] saying where we are and how to reach us – and this daily prayer guide [Forward Day by Day] that a lot of people really like.”

As you present them, say, “We believe what really counts with God is how we live from Monday to Saturday. Sunday helps us with guidance and power to do it better.”

 Then: “Can I take two more minutes of your time?” [Stay at the door unless you are invited in.]

[If “yes”]

“Do you have a church home?”

[If “yes”] “Good. We all need a faith community. Do visit us sometime and do feel free to call on us if you need help. Thanks for your time.”

[If “no”] “We hope St. Paul’s might be that for you. What are some of the things you might want to find in a church home?” [Note the answers on a sheet where the address is already entered.]

“We like to keep folks up to date on St. Paul’s. Can we put you on our mailing list? Or do you prefer email or fax?” [Ask for their name / email / fax – you should already have the street address and zip code.]

“Would you be interested for some of us to visit a bit with to talk with you more about St. Paul’s and Christianity – to discuss any questions or the like that you have?” [Note answer]

“Thanks for you time – we will be in touch.”

[The Rev. A. Wayne Schwab; Coordinator of Member Mission Network, Inc., President of Member Mission Press, Chair of the Spiritual Formation Committee for the United Church of Hinesburg, VT, Author, and Speaker.]