Visitors in Worship

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How do first-time visitors experience your worship services? Do they feel comfortable and know what to do? These articles offer insights and tips for making those visitors want to come back.

  1. John Q. Gets Red Carpet Treatment

    Articles John Q. Gets Red Carpet Treatment

    Just as secret shoppers help retailers know what real customers are experiencing in their stores, John (or Jane) Q. Visitor offers the real view from the pew in congregations…

  2. Embracing Disability in Congregations

    Articles Embracing Disability in Congregations

    Although most of my days are filled with the busyness of a career and the joy of friends, family, and fun, part of having a disability for me has meant doctor’s…

  3. Welcoming Time Share Christians

    Articles Welcoming Time Share Christians

    With uncommon clarity, the Episcopal rector listened to the complaints from the leaders of the children's Christian education program. They were frustrated with curriculum that…

  4. A Christmas Prayer for Those Who Don't Go to Church

    Articles A Christmas Prayer for Those Who Don't Go to Church

    Lord, I don't go to church much. I don't go at all . . . well, I go at Christmas. I'm home then. I feel drawn to it. I like the Christmas Eve service, the coolness of the…

  5. Top Ten for Welcoming Newcomers

    Articles Top Ten for Welcoming Newcomers

    Churches often define their success in welcoming newcomers by the number of people who become members of their church. At Redeemer we have shifted our focus to improving the…

  6. John Q. Goes Downtown

    Articles John Q. Goes Downtown

    Just as secret shoppers help retailers know what real customers are experiencing in their stores, John (or Jane) Q. Visitor offers the real view from the pew in congregations…

  7. Christmas Easter People

    Articles Christmas Easter People

    Chreaster isn't an actual word—it's made up—a portmanteau of Christmas and Easter. According to one of the online slang dictionaries, Chreaster means A person who…

  8. Welcoming Visitors with Children

    Articles Welcoming Visitors with Children

    Jeff and Sally Wright are the parents of newborn baby Zack and they are visiting your church for the first time. Jeff and Sally may come away from their visit to your congregation …

  9. Helping Newcomers Feel at Home

    Articles Helping Newcomers Feel at Home

    Nine tips for Welcoming Visitors in Worship Accept and encourage casual attire. Do not ask visitors to stand and identify themselves. Seventy percent of new…

  10. People We Haven't Met Yet

    Articles People We Haven't Met Yet

    In every successful business, we see a concept that is universal. Businesses that are successful and growing are making decisions based on people who don’t have their…