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

Foodstock V: Frosty Nights This Friday - Great Music & Help the Less Fortunate

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Another fabulous Foodstock concert is coming to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church this Friday at 7 p.m. The purpose behind these concerts is to raise donations of money or food for those less fortunate in our community. All donations go to Lutheran Social Services of Alaska (LSSA) to help them acquire and distribute food. LSSA's food distribution program serves over 25,000 individuals annually.

Performers at Foodstock donate their services in support of LSSA. Featured artists for Foodstock V are:

7:00 p.m. Ken Baehr, original songs, singer/guitarist

7:30 p.m. Nikki and Fingers, Country

8:00 p.m. Mike Lane, classic blues guitar

8:30 p.m. Bayou Glacee, Cajun dance band

I attended Foodstock IV in May and found it to be a wonderful event. Click here to read my blog post about it. Although there is no fee, you are encouraged to bring a food donation, especially canned goods or other non-perishable food items. Or better yet, a freewill donation for LSSA provides them even greater flexibility to acquire commodities wholesale.

To download a poster of the event see below.

Foodstock-V.pdf2.78 MB

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