- Attend convert baptisms and congratulate the new member(s)
- Offer a ride to a Church activity
- Ask them to help with planning a Church project or activity
- Make sure that they know about upcoming ward/stake meetings & activities
- Invite them over for dinner and/or Family Home Evening
- Make sure they understand a unique term/concept that comes up in announcements or during a class (like "Girls Camp" or "Food Storage")
- Learn the names of everyone in their family and greet them by name
- If they miss Church, give them a call to see if everything is okay
- Send them a birthday card
- Contact the ward missionaries or full-time missionaries and ask if you can come with them when they have a "new member discussion"
- Say hello to them at Church
- Sit with them in class or at an activity
- Take them a loaf of bread or cookies to say, "welcome to the ward"
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Fellowshipping New Converts - 13 Easy Ideas That Any Member Can Use!
President Gordon B. Hinckley placed a heavy emphasis on convert retention for many years. He repeatedly taught that the involvement of ward members is vitally important to helping a converts remain active in the Church after baptism. Full-time missionaries come and go, but ward members (especially ward missionaries) are a constant that converts should be able to rely on for continuing encouragement, support, and friendship.