Monday, April 28, 2008

Lessons from Palm Beach

It has been a few months since Palm Beach, FL (A) launched its intensive program of growth. As of April 5, 2008, there were 41 new enrolments following a collective door-to-door teaching project. What is particularly exciting are the insights that have been gained as the friends have reflected on their experiences so far. These include:

Explore and analyze the receptivity of the neighborhood well in advance of the expansion phase.

Concentrate on one community with receptive populations and avoid diverting teaching teams to less receptive areas.

Include newly enrolled believers as part of a teaching team when they demonstrate enthusiasm for teaching.

Give attention to teaching junior youth.

Youth who become Bahá’ís are very eager to teach their friends.

On-going follow-up activities with seekers are extremely important.

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