Visiting Churches

A Visitor Friendly Church

Discussing Church 12

Next up is another United Methodist Church. It’s a rural church and not on the way to anywhere we go, so we didn’t know it existed. They provide a lesson in what it means to be visitor friendly.

The 52 Churches Workbook, by Peter DeHaan

Consider these four discussion questions about Church #12:

1. Their website is the most visitor friendly site we’ve seen. Notably is a “what to expect” section, addressing the concerns a new person might have. 

Does your website tell people what they can expect? What do you need to add to make your outreach more effective?

2. We arrive to a full parking lot, as their website said might happen, but there are still a few spaces near the door, and we use one of them. 

Where do guests end up parking at your church? How can you make it easier for them?

3. Unlike our other church experiences, the minister clearly communicates their Communion procedure. I know what to expect. 

Do you explain your practice of Communion in a way that embraces newcomers? How can you make this better?

4. Several people invite us to stay for refreshments in the fellowship hall. We leave well-fed, both spiritually and physically. 

How well does your church do at feeding people physically and spiritually?

This church did a great job at being visitor friendly. They provide a great example to follow.

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