“Often the barrier to Christ isn’t spiritual—it’s us,” says pastor Carey Nieuwhof.
April 1 is Easter Sunday. New people will be walking through your door. Carey Nieuwhof, Senior Pastor of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, says: “According to people who study these things, first-time guests to your church make up their minds whether they’re coming back or not in the first ten minutes of their visit.”
He provides a link to a podcast, Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper, and lists seven ways guests are lost:
- Have a bad online presence.
- Make parking frustrating.
- Under-greet guests.
- Over-greet guests.
- Make kids’ check-in complicated.
- Keep facility tired and dirty.
- Confuse them.