Idea Exchange

When each of our two associate pastors joined our staff, we did the things most churches do—provided a good crew to help unload the moving van, a meal, and some warm fellowship. But to offer more help and to encourage the new associates as they arrived, we held a Sunday evening fellowship and card shower. We asked our church people to include a gift card or gift certificate with their greeting cards. House-warming gifts are nice, but they often include unneeded or unwanted things. The gift certificates allowed our associates to get what they needed and to become acquainted with many community establishments. Some of our people gave certificates promising the associate pastors a meal at their home or at a restaurant. As a result, they not only felt warmly welcomed and encouraged but also received help in their transitions to a new community and new homes.Miles Grismore, Pastor
Faith Baptist Church
Mason City, Iowa