Friday, May 13, 2016

Why Do We Turn Visitors to Church Away?

My new friend at coffee admitted there is a need to follow up with visitors and new believers, but complained that few churches  or members will do it.

When I asked why, he said, "I think they don't want new people in the church. They do not want anyone to break us their little clique."

Do you agree? I am not sure why, but it seems like churches go out of their way to make their services closed to new people. For example, visitors do not have a guide or program in many churches so they have no idea what to expect.

Even Wall Mart has greeters but like every big box store the church expects visitors to find out what is there on their own.  

A famous writer decided to visit various churches as a "secret shopper" and write about it with a five star system of analysis. One star meant lousy service and five stars meant superior service. Only one church received five stars. Most got a one or two star rating.

Do you wonder how people would rate your church?

Ask a friend to visit and evaluate your church.

Gary Sweeten

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