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

UPDATE: Central Christian's Posted Worship Time on Website Still Wrong!

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Taken Two Weeks After My VisitTaken Two Weeks After My VisitIf a church organization is trying to start and grow a church, I'm curious as to why they would allow the wrong worship time being posted on their website long after they've been told it's wrong. A commercial business would not long survive if key pieces of business information were missing from their website.

According to the church member I talked with on Palm Sunday at Central Christian - Dimond High, they changed to the 11:00 a.m. worship time much earlier in the year. By choosing to ignore an incorrect worship time posted on their website, one wonders what other things might be being ignored in their ministry and operations. Two weeks have passed since they heard personally from me, and five days have passed since I posted my review of my visit to Central Christian on this blog.

If Central Christian is trying to reach the younger set, an acknowledged user of internet and social media, they are failing in their mission by announcing incorrect worship times.

A regular business would not tolerate an incorrectly posted time on their website. Customers who are disadvantaged by incorrectly posted times on a website are unlikely to come back at the correct time, due to the sting of the inconvenience of arriving at wrongly posted time.

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