Forget The Name Tags
Getting the unchurched to visit a church can be hard. Getting them to come back can be harder. But a new survey conducted by the Barna Research Group might offer some helpful hints.
The survey asked over 900 unchurched adults how they like to be treated when visiting a church. Those surveyed were asked what they thought, for example, about wearing name tags or getting a phone call from the church’s pastor. The survey concluded that visitors like to be noticed, but do not want to be made objects of undue attention.
According to the survey, the two worst things a church can do are to identify visitors during the service and to have visitors wear name tags. In contrast, respondents said they liked receiving information about the church from ushers; getting a thank-you letter or a phone call from the pastor the week following the visit; and being personally greeted by individual church members following the service. The majority of respondents, however, disliked getting a house call within a week after visiting a church.
Keillor At Home In Church
Herald of Holiness magazine reports that the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City is serving as host for “Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company.”
Eighteen live shows will originate from the 377-seat Lamb’s Theater in Manhattan. The theater is also home for the highly regarded Lamb’s Theater Company, which develops and performs plays that explore various personal and social issues.
Keillor called the theater “intimate, beautiful, and convenient.” “Plus,” he added, “it’s owned and operated by a church—the Church of the Nazarene—which relieves some of my old fundamentalist guilt for being in show business.”1
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