Archive for the ‘First Impressions & Beyond’ Category

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Congregation Fail
No Comments » April 22, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Congregation Fail

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to welcoming new people into your church is the people in your church. Congregation fail.

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The Purpose of Your Church Bulletin: Evaluate Before You Tweak
3 Comments » April 20, 2015

The Purpose of Your Church Bulletin: Evaluate Before You Tweak

What's the purpose of your church bulletin? Is it really the best tool for the job? Before you tweak your bulletin, consider its purpose.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Greeter Fail
No Comments » April 8, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Greeter Fail

Having greeters? Win. Over-eager greeters who creep out your guests? That's a fail. Avoid the greeter fail.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Scarlet Letter
2 Comments » March 25, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Scarlet Letter

Calling out visitors in the name of helping the congregation identify them? No thanks. You might as well slap a scarlet letter on their chests.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Invisible Visitor
No Comments » March 11, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Invisible Visitor

Going to church for the first time is scary. It gets worse when the congregation acts like you're invisible and the pastor won't even talk to you.

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How to Welcome Easter Visitors
No Comments » February 23, 2015

How to Welcome Easter Visitors

Easter is coming quickly, so we sat down with Unwelcome author Jonathan Malm to talk about how your church can welcome Easter visitors.

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Following up With Church Visitors
4 Comments » January 28, 2015

Following up With Church Visitors

A church's warm welcome should extend to follow-up calls checking in with visitors and inviting them to come back.

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When Bulletins Explode All Over Visitors
No Comments » December 4, 2014

When Bulletins Explode All Over Visitors

Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean you need to stuff your bulletin until it explodes. It scares away visitors and doesn't serve the ministries those inserts are trying to help.

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Church Recommendations Matter
1 Comment » November 19, 2014

Church Recommendations Matter

People trust recommendations over advertising, 81% to 36%. So collecting church recommendations is a powerful way to get people to your church. Here's how to encourage church reviews.

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The Church Visitor Gift: How Bribery Can Bring People Back
No Comments » November 12, 2014

The Church Visitor Gift: How Bribery Can Bring People Back

The church visitor gift is a tried and true way to make guests feel welcome and bring them back to your church. We talk examples, rationale and more.

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Anne Lamott on Grief, Brokenness & Small Steps
No Comments » November 10, 2014

Anne Lamott on Grief, Brokenness & Small Steps

Anne Lamott, the patron saint of brokenness, is an example of honesty, grace and the small victories that church communicators need to embrace.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Stalker
No Comments » October 31, 2014

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Stalker

Our Church Visitor Horror Story Contest comes to a close with our grand prize winner: The pastor who wouldn't let you leave and then a member tracks you down at ...

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Happy Halloween 2014
1 Comment » October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

Boo! We've got scary church signs, visitor horror stories, zombies and ghosts. Happy Halloween.

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Embrace Some Awkward: Empathize With Church Visitors
No Comments » October 30, 2014

Embrace Some Awkward: Empathize With Church Visitors

Checking out a gym can help church communicators realize how awkward it is for visitors to check out a church. Learn to empathize with church visitors.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Reserved Seating
No Comments » October 29, 2014

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Reserved Seating

Going to church for the first time is scary. But reserved seating? With the evil eye? Creepy! That makes for a real Church Visitor Horror Story.

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