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Reaching out to non actives

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I have been assigned 4 inactives as my ministering assignment. I am new to this and have no idea how to reach out to these obvious non active members. Please help. 


 

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1 hour ago, Hello said:

I have been assigned 4 inactives as my ministering assignment. I am new to this and have no idea how to reach out to these obvious non active members. Please help. 


 

I know a lot of people say things like “serve them”, “invite them over for dinner or activities”, “ask them to help you in Scenarios where they may be helpful”

But my approach has always been to just approach them with honesty. 
 

I was just assigned 2 non-active families a couple weeks ago. I went over to one of them on Sunday, knocked on the door and said “Hey, John? I’m fether (realized I accidentally put my real name lol), I’m from the ward. The Elder’s Quorum President asked me to drop by and make sure everything is going well with you guys. I don’t know your relationship with the church, but we just want to be in a position where we can be of service should anything happen with you guys.”

If you wanted to give yourself a little social shield, you could even say “With COVID and all, I haven’t been to church much lately myself, do you guys attend regularly? I don’t recognize you.”

I’ve always found just being as honest as you can about the situation really helps everyone feel comfortable. They know why you are there, trying to pretend anything but that may make the situation awkward.

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29 minutes ago, Hello said:

I have been assigned 4 inactives as my ministering assignment. I am new to this and have no idea how to reach out to these obvious non active members. Please help. 


 

Just be a friend, reaching out to whatever level / method they are comfortable with.  If they aren't interested in Gospel talk, then respect that.  Just be available for a text / call / whatever it is that they like at whatever frequency.  Don't force anything, and just act like your natural self.  Pretending only backfires.  

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On 3/9/2021 at 10:17 AM, Jane_Doe said:

Just be a friend, reaching out to whatever level / method they are comfortable with.  If they aren't interested in Gospel talk, then respect that.  Just be available for a text / call / whatever it is that they like at whatever frequency.  Don't force anything, and just act like your natural self.  Pretending only backfires.  

Agreed. Just reach out to them as a neighbor...and then act like a neighbor. Help them if needed and follow-up when you say you will. Don't force or push religion on them in any way, just live it.

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