Archive for the ‘First Impressions & Beyond’ Category

Church Communication Blind Spots
No Comments » October 26, 2016

Church Communication Blind Spots

When we get stuck in our heads, we develop blind spots about welcoming church members and guests. I learned this lesson when thinking about our church's proximity to public transit.

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Welcoming Children to Church
3 Comments » May 23, 2016

Welcoming Children to Church

Not every church has the budget for a massive children's ministry, so how do we avoid banishing them and instead welcome children into our worship services?

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#11: Quit Caring About a Dress Code
No Comments » April 28, 2016

#11: Quit Caring About a Dress Code

Your Sunday best is a cultural tradition, not a biblical mandate. When churches strive to be respectable, they’re kind of missing the point.

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#5: Quit Saying You Welcome Everyone When You Don’t
No Comments » April 21, 2016

#5: Quit Saying You Welcome Everyone When You Don’t

In too many of our churches, we’re fooling ourselves into thinking we are welcoming when we really aren’t. It's time to quit.

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Church Bulletin Do’s and Don’ts: A Visitor’s Perspective
3 Comments » March 16, 2016

Church Bulletin Do’s and Don’ts: A Visitor’s Perspective

A church bulletin user offers bulletin tips from a user's perspective. What should be on the cover? How much info inside? Should you use pictures?

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The Church Is Not Respectable
1 Comment » January 4, 2016

The Church Is Not Respectable

When churches strive to be respectable, they're kind of missing the point. Jesus didn't worry about dress codes or cultural norms of respectability.

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Church Bulletin: Don’t Kill It, Make It Better
6 Comments » November 11, 2015

Church Bulletin: Don’t Kill It, Make It Better

While digital communication is a must for churches, eliminating bulletins doesn’t solve the challenge of communicating in the 21st Century.

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Connecting With Visitors at the Virtual Fireplace
1 Comment » October 21, 2015

Connecting With Visitors at the Virtual Fireplace

One church implements a virtual check-in for visitors using texting technology to make it easier for visitors to connect and get questions answered.

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By the Numbers: Guests, Attendance and the Back Door
1 Comment » October 7, 2015

By the Numbers: Guests, Attendance and the Back Door

Statistics show we're losing visitors quickly. Is your church doing its best to invite, interact with, follow up and retain the new people who walk in?

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Lost Generation
No Comments » July 15, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Lost Generation

If you're not willing to extend God's peace, then take down your cross and be the social club you apparently are. Now you're creating a lost generation.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Children’s Ministry Fail
1 Comment » July 8, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Children’s Ministry Fail

Lurking in the back of every parent's mind is the history of child abuse cases in the church. Lack of parental reassurance? Children's ministry fail.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Wrong Time
No Comments » June 24, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Wrong Time

Listing the wrong time on your website is a rookie mistake. Ignoring those early arriving visitors is, sadly, a veteran move.

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7 Complaints When Visiting a Church Website
1 Comment » June 4, 2015

7 Complaints When Visiting a Church Website

The first impression of a church is often virtual. Check out our tips to learn common complaints visitors have about church websites.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Welcome Room
1 Comment » June 3, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Welcome Room

Shunting visitors off to a "welcome room" is a horrible idea. There's nothing welcoming about segregation.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Guest Preacher
2 Comments » May 20, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Guest Preacher

Under no circumstances is it appropriate to ask a visitor to preach. Come up with an emergency plan. Visitor as last-minute guest preacher is not a plan.

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