Building Community on Your Religious Trip
Trips within the organization is always a great opportunity for your members. It strengthens the bond between the people in your organization and gives way to a much more rewarding spiritual experience both on the trip and during weekly services after.
Enhancing the relationships between people is a great reason to plan your faith based trip, but you don’t have to stop with your consistent church goers. Reaching out can help build and strengthen the church as well. Here are some ideas to help you know how far your trip can stretch across your community.
Keeping the Committed Members
Planning a trip a group this size is usually the go-to choice for most religious trip planners, mostly because they know almost everyone will be on board, and there isn’t as much selling to do in order to fill your spots. Members who are committed whole-heartedly to the church will also be there to lend a hand with the trip planning, since they are generally involved in more than just one way with the church as it is.
These trips are good ways to keep your valued members close to the organization. Taking them out on a trip gives them exclusive opportunities to enjoy the church trip and it also keeps them in their comfort zone while with people they associate with at least once a week. It makes them feel needed by the church, letting them know they are the people who keep the organization running.
Your members will then come back from their adventure excited and motivated to give back to the church. They will feel more obliged to lend a hand where needed and be one of the first in line for organization events.
Reaching Out to Inactive Members
A group trip is a great way to spark the spiritual flame inside members who are drifting away from your religious organization. By inviting those to join you on your trip, they feel like a part of the group, something they may have been missing in their lives.
Trips rekindle old friendships and can form new ones as well. Maybe older couples whose kids have grown don’t get a chance to see their old church friends from when their kids were younger and were involved in the church in some way. This will give them a chance to spend time together once again. Also, for those who don’t leave the house for much more than the weekly service, it will give them a chance to meet new people.
Inviting inactive members on the trip can also get their spiritual juices flowing again, encouraging them to come back and get involved in the organization. The trip can be a reminder to them of what they are missing when they pass on the weekly service.
Outreach to the Community
Inviting non-members can boost your organization’s membership. A trip will encourage community members to come and meet people they may otherwise never get the chance too. Traveling with non-members can also help your church widen its cultural and ethnic boundaries.
When you reach out to your community, the travel destinations are endless. You can travel to a region of religious interest, to the cultural heritage of the town you live in, to a sister city in Europe or perhaps to a relaxing destination for community members to unwind and enjoy themselves.
The sign up sheet for your next faith-based tour doesn’t have to consist of only the usual names. Reach out and explore your community and try to expand the organization’s membership. Or look for those who were once a part of the church and have faded away over the years. There are plenty of great destinations to accommodate your group, no matter if it’s just a few full-fledged members, or half of the population of your hometown.
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