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: 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

Church Visits Google Maps Feature Rocks!

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Church Visits Google Maps a Huge Hit!
Church Visits has been dropping pins on Google Maps to all the churches visited in the last five years. Over 10,500 visits to this Google Maps custom map indicate this is a heavily used feature of Church Visits! Click here to view Church Visits maps.

Easy to Find a Church
Next, scroll down the map list of churches visited to find a particular church or denomination. Then perform a Google search to find my writeup on that church. For example, by using the following search terms "adn.com church visits changepoint alaska" you will find the following blog posts (see picture below) related to ChangePoint, Alaska's largest membership church.Google Search Result for Church Visits Posts About ChangePointGoogle Search Result for Church Visits Posts About ChangePoint

We Want to Know About Your Visit
Did you have a good or not so good visit? Either way, we'd like to let our readers know. Church dynamics are always changing. I'm revisiting churches on a regular basis so my previous visit may not be reflective of what you may experience. We look forward to hearing from you. Just email us at ChurchVisits@gmail.com.

God bless!

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