Church from a Visitor's Perspective
by David Zimmerman
....Consequently, some churches make some very basic mistakes when they welcome a visitor. If they welcomed you to a dinner party like they welcome a visitor to their church you would never want to come over for dinner again. They are so glad to see you that they make an embarrassing scene. After shaking your hand they ignore you, leaving you to fend for yourself. They exclude you by talking about things you’ve never heard of. They even slip into the common jargon of their friends, leaving you out of the conversation altogether. On top of these faux pas, they forget that you are a little nervous to be there in the first place. Who would want to be at that party? Who would put themselves through that a second time?
I hope to be part of the solution. As a pastor who has been visiting a lot of churches over the last couple of years, I would like to share with you some of my experiences in being welcomed (or not). I hope some of my experiences can help you avoid the common mistakes churches make--and prevent me from making them myself, now that I am the pastor of a church again. (read the whole post here)
(HT: Church Marketing Sucks)