Church Visits

Visiting Churches: Chris Thompson (stainedglass) is an amateur Alaskan biblical scholar and student of religion, especially as it relates to popular culture. He regularly attends national and regional American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature events to interact with and learn from worldwide religion scholars. Through unannounced mystery visits to churches in Anchorage and South-Central Alaska, he observes how guests (visitors) are treated during this initial church visit. Research indicates guests first visit perceptions affects further spiritual growth and religious attitudes as they search for a church home. Chris' church visits focus primarily on Christian churches. This blog contains accounts of those visits, and related posts about religion in culture. Chris looks for the following in his visits:

•Genuine welcome, true Christian hospitality

•Friendliness and warmth

•Effective, well-delivered, Bible-based, main teaching

•Music deepening the worship, not just entertainment

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Significant 2013 Church Visits Posts

Top Ten Issues Local Churches Must Address in 2013

Ten Things Churches Did That Blew Me Away In 2012

Guest Post: Why Theology Matters to Musicians

Church Visits: What's it like visiting a church with a guest-friendly service? - 7/5/2014 2:08 pm

Church Visits: 10 excuses people give for not attending church - 6/28/2014 11:21 am

Church Visits: Religious pluralism in Alaska here to stay - 6/21/2014 8:28 am

Church Visits: Welcoming churches can reverse attendance slump - 6/14/2014 9:21 am

Crosspoint Community Church Revisit – May 11, 2014 - 6/13/2014 1:44 pm

Church Visits: 5 easy ways to increase your biblical literacy - 6/7/2014 5:23 pm

Church Visits: Cardinal Dolan discusses the pastoral challenges facing Pope Francis - 5/31/2014 1:07 pm

Beast Feast: Great Food and Conversation - 5/30/2014 10:10 pm

Many Christmas Eve Church Service Choices

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I'm sorry I won't be in Anchorage this Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Christ as in years past. However, a Google search reveals there are many great service choices to select from. Using the search terms: christmas eve church services anchorage 2010 I located many great service selections.

Page 1 & 2 of these search results highlighted the following churches offering Christmas Eve services:
-Christian Church of Anchorage
-Brother Francis Shelter
-Central Lutheran
-City Church
-Trinity Presbyterian
-St. John United Methodist
-St. Mary's Episcopal
-Muldoon Community Assembly
-Shiloh Missionary Baptish

I show only page 1 & 2 highlights because most searchers tend to look at the first couple of pages of a search. If a churches' Christmas Eve offerings are not displayed, it's often because they are not following solid Search Engine Optimization (SEO) rules and are overlooked.

If you substitute the name of a specific church in the search phrase, as shown below, you can find if services at a favorite church are being offered.

anchorage baptist temple christmas eve services anchorage 2010

Anchorage Baptist Temple (ABT) did not show up first choice on this search but did occupy positions 2, 3 & 4. However, these listings were not clear "at-a-glance" listings, but PDF's that proved to be problematic for Google. Previously I've commented that ABT's website is a confusing display of information and this search validates this comment. Otherwise, as Alaska's second largest church, they'd appear in the pages 1 & 2 listings noted earlier.

Nonetheless, I wish each of you a blessed Christmas Eve service and a Merry Christmas!

From Ellensburg, Washington
Chris Thompson
ADN's Church Visitor

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