Podcast Episode #265
Its rare to find a church who doesn’t think they are friendly. But don’t be fooled, not all churches are friendly. They just think they are.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Many churches are not friendly because the people are in holy huddles.
- You have to have an eye for those you do not know in the church if you want to be genuinely friendly.
- I know they’re probably out there, but I’ve yet to meet a church guest who likes the stand-and-greet time.
- The stand-and-greet time can (and often does) become a substitute for genuine friendliness.
- Are your announcements in code or could someone unfamiliar with your church understand them?
- After the pastor, the first staff member I would hire is probably a children’s minister.
- If your church wants to reach young families, you have to be reaching and ministering to their kids.
- Guest friendliness is an overflow of who you are the rest of the week.
The six reasons why churches really aren’t friendly to guests are:
- The holy huddle syndrome.
- The stand-and-greet satisfier.
- The I-don’t-live-here reality.
- The insider language mystery.
- The unhappy kid/unhappy parent problem.
- The 6 + 1 dilemma.
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