Ben Reed offers a must-read list to help you prepare for guests this Sunday.
You’ve been a church visitor at some point, right?
Ever heard something you wish you didn’t hear, right off the bat?
I’ve got a few nobody really wants to hear. Some I’ve heard personally. Others I’ve heard as they were told to someone else.
10 statements church visitors never want to hear:
1. Our pastor isn’t normally this ________.
Insert whatever you want in this blank: loud, obnoxious, offensive, long-winded.
If you have to explain part of your pastor’s style because you know outsiders won’t like it, you’ve got a problem. Talk with your pastor about that.
2. We’re full. Sorry.
Always have a backup plan. Always.
If someone sees your service is full once, they’ll deal with it. But they probably won’t come back if they don’t see a plan you have in place.
3. What are you doing here?
Never say this. Never. Your shocked, open mouth reveals your judgmental spirit … at least in the eyes of visitors.
When you say this, all they can think is, “God couldn’t really love someone like you.”
4. You can’t serve now … you’ve got to be a member first.
Why would someone want to become a member if they’ve never had the chance to serve?
5. We don’t believe in serving coffee on Sunday mornings.
If you say this, I can only assume you are leading a church in the pit of Hell.