Archive for the ‘First Impressions & Beyond’ Category

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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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Time Change
2 Comments » May 6, 2015

Church Visitor Horror Stories: Time Change

Not updating your website with a special service time is a big problem, but don't compound that problem by running out of seats.

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Church Visitor Horror Stories: Congregation Fail
1 Comment » 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
4 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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