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

Visiting Anchorage - Looking for a Friendly Service?

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Looking for a Church During Your Visit?Looking for a Church During Your Visit?
Welcome to Anchorage, the crossroads of visitor travel to Alaska! Many Anchorage visitors, here on the weekends, look forward to worshiping here as they do normally at home. You can Google search this blog to receive specific church visit recommendations. For example, a search with these keywords " church visits friendly" will return articles where I've remarked about friendly churches.

Map it Out!
If you are staying in a specific area of Anchorage, you can view the Google Map of church visits I've made in various areas of our town and outlying towns. The link to the map is located on the right.

Free List of Church Recommendations
Finally, I offer a short list of churches in Anchorage that are safe choices. This brief list highlights churches offering the following:

* warm and friendly greetings
* true Christian hospitality
* music that will not blast your eardrums
* music close to the sermon topic
* Bible-based messages

Just send an email request to and the list will be sent to you within hours. Specify either Protestant or Catholic. Have a pleasant visit in Anchorage and may your church experiences be spiritually refreshing.

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