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

Google map of churches Chris Thompson has visited.

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Chris Thompson’s email: churchvisits@gmail.com

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: Easter asks for our joy, not our spending - 4/19/2014 1:17 pm

Church Visits: What do millennials look for in worship? - 4/11/2014 10:29 pm

Church Visits: Visits to 2 churches leave 2 different impressions - 4/4/2014 9:19 pm

Church Visits: Research underscores deeper church attendance issues - 3/28/2014 9:19 pm

Church Visits: It's time we get back to observing the Sabbath - 3/21/2014 8:30 pm

Church Visits: Look deeper into Lent than just 'give-ups' - 3/14/2014 10:37 pm

First Congregational Church Revisit: Not Bad - Room to Grow - 3/14/2014 11:23 am

Church Visits: Pastors mark start of Lent by taking ashes to the people - 3/8/2014 10:56 am

Christ Our Savior Lutheran: Great Weekly Updates

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Some Anchorage churches do a fabulous job of keeping their members informed and in-touch with weekly updates full of vital information about church activities. Several churches share these updates or newsletters with me. From time-to-time I proudly share them with the readers of this blog.

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in South Anchorage is one such church. Each week Pastor Dan Bollerud sends out a heartfelt, colorful, visually stimulating, and information packed update. It only takes a few minutes to read but is worth the time spent, even if you're not a Lutheran or attend his church.Colorful Forgiveness Update: COSLCColorful Forgiveness Update: COSLC

One of COSLC's latest updates, Colorful Forgiveness, is HERE.

Another recent update can be viewed by clicking below.

Dancing Under the Stars

These emailed updates do a far better job of communicating church activities and parishioner entreaties than the usual dull and boring newsletters many churches mail to their members.

Thanks Pastor Dan for giving us something of value to chew on!

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