I posted a thread on a similar subject some time ago, but we are still struggling in this area. I have been serving as pastor of a SBC church in the Midwest (average Sunday AM attendance of about 130-140) for about 1.5 years. I am from the deep South, so this has been a bit of a culture shock. Things have gone well, generally speaking, as the church has grown numerically, several have been saved, and many more have been baptized. However, I am still struggling with the issue of pastoral/deacon visitation in this area. We have visitors to our services fill out a card, as most churches do. On that card is this question, "Would you like to receive a visit from a member of the pastoral staff?" The answer to that question is "no" about 90% of the time. I brought this up with other Baptists in my area recently, and some said go ahead anyway - who cares if they slam the door in your face? How they treat me is irrelevant. My concern is not being negligent on the one hand by not going to see them, yet I don't want to push people even further away and anger them by showing up on their porch when they have specifically indicated they did not want to be disturbed. We are facing the same issue in following up with VBS, Easter egg hunt visitors, etc. Do we go to the house or not? This is a heavily Catholic area. We recently mailed out over 2,000 postcards to homes surrounding our church, in about a 2 or 3 mile radius. We were inviting them to a community appreciation dinner, offering a full course hot meal for the entire family at no cost, with no preregistration necessary. They were simply asked to attend the service that morning, which was heavily evangelistic (though they didn't know that). We only had about 4 or 5 people show up out of a pool of potentially 8k people. This experience makes me wonder if the direct approach is going to effective in this area. We send welcome letters on Monday to every visitor. Are you having success with in-home visitation with prospects? Many thanks.