Your Church Through the Eyes of a Visitor

Posted on April 28, 2011

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This video clip shows what three very different (non-Adventist) visitors experienced while attending an Adventist church for the first time.  I hope you will take what you learn and try your best to make sure your church is always visitor-friendly.  One visit can “make it or break it” when it comes to being effective in the way we do church. 

Helpful Suggestions:

  1. Make sure you have a system in place to truly welcome and connect with visitors.
  2. Kindly get visitor’s name, address, phone, and e-mail.  Follow-up ASAP with a “Thank you for visiting” post card or e-mail.   
  3. Try to have at least one high quality Sabbath school classes that is visitor-friendly.  Make sure visitors get invited to that class.  Church members in this “visitor-friendly” class need to know not to push Adventist jargon, complaints, and EGW… stick with what the Bible says.
  4. Provide a up-to-date worship experience.  There is no need to be stuck in the 1800’s when we have newer worship methods and songs that could be used.  Every church should have a healthy blend of new and old that ministers to every generation. 
  5. When it comes to preaching, try not to push heavy theology and lots of EGW quotes.  Every church service must be visitor-friendly and evangelistic in nature.  Save the heavy stuff for one-on-one Bible studies and evangelistic meetings. 
  6. Plan to have a fellowship meal every week.  If our churches are families, we should at least eat one meal together as families each week.  Make sure visitors recieve an invitation to the fellowship meal or a personal home if there is no planned meal.

CHURCH IS NOT ABOUT US…  IT’S ALL ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE NOT YET IN IT!!!

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