We are raising the bar on doing more to make visitors feel welcome at Fellowship Indy. The name we give this process is “Intentional Welcoming”.

Inclusion has to do with the successful integration of people into the life of Fellowship Indy. We are seeking out new singles and couples and including them in what is happening. We get a lot of inquiries, but not much commitment. We would like to increase our success rate. Nevertheless, we count among our successes last year that a few prospects have actually become very involved.

The officers have formal procedures to help newcomers become integrated into Fellowship Indy. We send each a Welcome Letter, get them on Facebook and both the email and snailmail mailing lists. At pitch-in dinners the officers each spend time talking with visitors.

What can you do to help?

A lot. Be friendly. Talk and find out some things you share in common. Share conversation time with other members; don’t monopolize, rather introduce visitors around to other guys. At announcement time if a visitor mentions something you have in common, then strike up a conversation. When dinner starts make sure the new people are the first to the buffet table. An important welcoming action is to bring quality foods; after all, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Make sure that the visitors fill out the “Mailing List & Action Form”. If you brought the guest, make sure your name is on the form, too. Your guests already know you, so see if you can find a way to be with them initially, but then let them develop some relationships without you -- but periodically check in with them.

Remember, just like you, visitors are looking for pleasant conversations with engaging people at interesting homes with good food.