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 do millennials look for in worship? - 4/11/2014 10:29 pm

Church Visits: Visits to 2 churches leave 2 different impressions - 4/4/2014 9:19 pm

Church Visits: Research underscores deeper church attendance issues - 3/28/2014 9:19 pm

Church Visits: It's time we get back to observing the Sabbath - 3/21/2014 8:30 pm

Church Visits: Look deeper into Lent than just 'give-ups' - 3/14/2014 10:37 pm

First Congregational Church Revisit: Not Bad - Room to Grow - 3/14/2014 11:23 am

Church Visits: Pastors mark start of Lent by taking ashes to the people - 3/8/2014 10:56 am

Church Visits: Tools for finding the right church for you - 3/1/2014 3:03 pm

ACC's Holiday Pops Concert - Restoring Christmas - 12/22/13

Looking to restore the true spirit of Christmas this year? Look no further as the Anchorage Concert Chorus's Holiday Pops Concert promises to restore your faith in Christmas celebrations. Performing at the Atwood Concert Hall at the PAC on Sunday, December 22, 2013, 4 p.m., one performance only, this concert will help you reimagine Christmas. Holiday Pops - 2013 - Anchorage Concert ChorusHoliday Pops - 2013 - Anchorage Concert Chorus

Drawing on new Christmas music, and fresh new arrangements of traditional favorites, Conductor Grant Cochran will take you on a wonderful journey featuring the Anchorage Concert Chorus and Chorale. Ably assisted by gorgeous orchestral treatments, the chorus and chorale will breathe new life into Christmas.

Selections will include:
A Christmas Gloria
Myn Lyking
What Sweeter Music
Sleigh Ride
Silver Bells
Joy to the World
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Angels We Have Heard on High
How Great Our Joy
Gabriel’s Message
Twas the Night Before Xmas
We are Lights
Sing along
What Child is This?
Hallelujah Chorus

This concert promises to be most memorable. Tickets are still available at or the PAC box office.

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