#1 – If someone visits your church and they’re all hyper-excited and afterwards tell you that this is what they’ve been looking for their entire life and they want to get involved and … Well, you’ll probably never see them again.
If someone visits your church and they’re friendly, but not overly talkative or willing to commit – maybe have a couple questions, but not a lot … they’re the ones who are thinking it through and you have a good chance of seeing them again.
(By the way, there are exceptions to every rule – but we found the above to usually be true. Still … I can remember one family showing up at one of our churches and they totally fit the first category perfectly. They bubbled over with “This is what we’ve been looking for,” etc. Later Ken and I were talking and said, “We’ll never see them again.” They’re still attending more than a decade later and are active and valuable members of the church. So don’t count out the enthusiastic bubblers, just beware that next Sunday they’ll probably be enthusiastically bubbling over somewhere else.)