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Why Establish a Welcome Class?

Monday, January 3, 2022 | Guest: Matt Fagan |

Imagine a person visiting your church for the first time. How can you as a pastor determine the person's spiritual need? What is a good way for the person to get connected and learn your church culture? On this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses with Matt Fagan how he uses a welcome class to assimilate visitors into the church. Twenty years ago Matt Fagan planted Heritage Baptist Church in Windham, NH, and he continues to pastor this assembly today. You can contact Pastor Fagan with any questions here

Two churches have provided samples of materials they use in their welcome classes: 

  1. Welcome to Heritage
  2. Introduction to Harvest

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and ten grandchildren.