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On a scale of 1-10, how friendly is your church?
Here’s one way to think about it – if your next-door neighbour attended your church for the first time, how confident would you be that they would receive a warm welcome?
People - Ranking
And if they went on their own, without you there to introduce them to the people you know, how would that affect your ranking?
Visitors to church will put up with a lot. Unreliable PowerPoint. Uncomfortable seats. Long sermons. Instant coffee. But few visitors will tolerate cold fellowship.
Feeling - Church - People
It is a horrible feeling to walk away from church after few if any people smiled at you, spoke with you or even seemed pleased to see you.
People expect a warm welcome at church – and so they should! Churches should be the friendliest places on earth! Where else do you encounter a room full of people who have experienced the extravagant, undeserved kindness of God?! Where else can you be surrounded by people who have the very Spirit of God dwelling in them?!
Churches - Gatherings - Experience - Meeting - People
Churches are unique gatherings and our experience meeting with the people of God should be like no other. The way we love each other is compelled by God and is a sign to the world of Who we now follow.
Perhaps this is why it’s so jarring when churches aren’t warm and welcoming. And this can be the experience not only of first-time visitors but of people who have attended a church...
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