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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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

Easter 2013 – Many Service Choices

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Tomorrow is Easter 2013. There are many service choices among Anchorage churches but only eleven were noted on the first three critical Google search pages* using the search terms anchorage easter services 2013. A number of these eleven were duplicates. I’m curious why this number is so low. Many notable “big service” and denominational churches are missing in the Google search. Very puzzling.

Another good guide to local church service locations and times is ADN’s Thursday, March 28 Section A center section guide to Anchorage Easter services.

An intriguing addition was Christ Community Church who utilized a new website called www.anchorageeaster.com. Click HERE to view it. Their newly designed website is perfect. Congratulations CCC! You ended up in the top Google search position.

Easter is one of the highest moments in Christendom. From sunrise services to full church services to quiet gatherings, it’s a special day to celebrate the greatest distinctive among world religions. Christians serve a risen Lord. Wherever you worship, may you be blessed with a rich, deep seated assurance of a loving God.

Happy Easter 2013!

*Most Google search users are not likely to go lower than the first three results pages. They will either refine their search or give up altogether. Poor search results are usually due to ill-defined search terms or church websites lacking those critical searchable terms. Another possibility is not using adequate search engine optimization (SEO).



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