Step 1 – Communicate the need for the ministry.
Heighten the awareness of the First Contact ministry to church members and adult
Sunday School members through church newsletters and web-site information.
Consistently update the ministry to adult Sunday School classes and infant and one
year old departments. These areas will reap the benefits by the First Contact
Step2 – Enlist a core group of people to visit prospects. (for the Director of First
Enlist a core group of people who will visit prospects. Each volunteer
visitor is enlisted to visit one family. They will be free to minister the family and bring
them into the fellowship of the church. These volunteer visitors may be, young adult
couples, adults active in the outreach ministry of the church and senior adults who
have a love for young families.
Step 3 – Develop a detailed plan for ongoing prospect discovery.
Develop a detailed plan for ongoing prospect discovery and ministry. Some
suggestions are . . .
LifeWay Prospect Services
Expectant Parent classes
Families who visit on holidays
Birth announcements in the newspaper or signs found in new parents’ yards.
Step 4 – Build relationships.
Cultivating and building relationships with prospects may
include these opportunities. . .
Bible Studies for couples (beyond Sunday School)
Young Adult Fellowships
Introducing the mom and day to other couples who have similar interests
Invite them to your home for a meal or coffee
Prepare a meal for the family when the baby and mom come home
Volunteer to stay with the siblings when the baby is born
Prepare an inexpensive gift for the new baby and for their
Provide books or brochures that may help a mom with questions about the new baby
Step 5 – Develop a ministry plan.
Meet on a regular basis to develop a ministry plan for each prospect family.
Encourage and help
volunteer visitors know the best way to minister to their prospect family.
Provide materials, resources, and inexpensive gifts for the newborn and other siblings.
Include copies of BabyLife and ParentLife magazines
Provide devotion materials like Stand Firm and Journey magazines
Step 6 – Train volunteer visitors to make contacts
Train volunteer visitors to make visits. Encourage them to prepare for the home visit
by calling ahead and making an appointment. Enlist someone to teach them to share
the gospel with a family.
Keep in touch with volunteer visitors while they are ministering to families to make sure
they have what they need and encourage their efforts.
Step 7 – Prepare a budget
Prepare a budget for the Preschool Division Director that might include the
following: resource and visitation supplies, outreach event publicity, new parent,
fellowships, new parent dedication, and parenting classes. Plan for gift ideas,
quarterly parent newsletters from your church,
ParentLife, BabyLife, and
Include cost for a New Baby Bible, yard signs from you church, baby birth
announcements that are laminated, flowers for worship service baby
announcements., child development books, videos, and Christian parenting books for
your church library (these are share in home visits).
Step 8 – Prepare a calendar
Prepare a calendar that includes special events and ongoing events for young families.
Parent dedication services
Prospect discovery event
Parent night out
Family play days
Parent Library emphasis week