• A church’s first impressions can make an eternal impact on guests.
  • It’s not uncommon for guests to make up 5-8% of a church’s weekly attendance. Guests are starting to decide whether or not to return to your church within the first 11 minutes on your campus.Guests typically talk about their initial experience with a church 8-15 times. Churches should use language for guests, not visitors.

There’s no style of church that everyone likes.  Over the last few years, I’ve participated in so many different types of worship, and it’s reaffirmed for me that our unity in Christ is much stronger than our difference in style or method.  I’ve been with a lot of people who do church very differently than what I’m used to or comfortable with.  So I’ve had to either open up to what Jesus is doing through those varied methods, or close myself down and retreat back to the stability and safety of familiarity.  Opening up to different ways of doing church is scary.  And exhilarating.  And sometimes I get it wrong.  I’d rather get it wrong while trying new things than get it wrong while staying comfortable.  Even if I don’t like the way you do church, I will still:   Love you and your church–Support you and your church–Pray for you and your church–Work with you and your church.

I hope you’ll do the same for me and mine.  Sure, we’ll disagree.  Sometimes we’ll even argue.  Families do that.  But if you love Jesus, we are family.  And that’s all that matters.             —by Karl Vaters, Christianity Today