Visitors in Worship

Created on August 3rd, 2012

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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.
John Q. Gets Red Carpet Treatment

John Q. Gets Red Carpet Treatment

By John Q. Visitor
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… read more
Embracing Disability in Congregations

Embracing Disability in Congregations

By Amy Saffell
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… read more
Welcoming Time Share Christians

Welcoming Time Share Christians

By Gil Rendle
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… read more
A Christmas Prayer for Those Who Don't Go to Church

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

By Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
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… read more
Top Ten for Welcoming Newcomers

Top Ten for Welcoming Newcomers

By Keith Anderson
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… read more
John Q. Goes Downtown

John Q. Goes Downtown

By John Q. Visitor
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… read more
Christmas Easter People

Christmas Easter People

By Betsy Hall, Shane Raynor
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… read more
Welcoming Visitors with Children

Welcoming Visitors with Children

By Rita Hays
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 … read more
Helping Newcomers Feel at Home

Helping Newcomers Feel at Home

By Ministry Matters
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… read more
People We Haven't Met Yet

People We Haven't Met Yet

By Josh Mauney
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… read more