Last week’s article listed “Nine questions visitors aren’t asking but churches are still trying to answer.” It generated quite a few responses, including several asking for a list of questions church visitors are asking these days.
So here’s a partial list of such questions, some of which were provided by my readers, most of which come from my own experience:
- Is the parking lot always this full?
- Where are the bathrooms?
- Are they clean and will they smell fresh?
- Will my young child be well cared for in the nursery and feel loved and safe there?
- How long will the worship service last?
- Will I be able to understand and follow what goes on in the service?
- Does the pastor preach from the Bible and does he really practice what he preaches?
- Does he always preach this long?
- Does he always preach this well (or poorly)?
- For what primary purpose does this church exist?
- What is the quality of the children’s ministry?
- Will my teenagers be excited about becoming involved here?
- Is there a ministry for senior adults?
- Do the people here get along with other Christians in the community?
- If they have communion today will I be allowed to participate?
- Will the time I spend here help me find answers to questions I have about God?
- Will the time I spend here help me find answers to questions I have about life?
- Would I be proud to invite my friends and family to come to this church with me?
- Will I leave here knowing and feeling that I have been in the presence of God?
- Will I leave here feeling more guilty than when I came or will I feel forgiven?
Pastors and lay leaders should have conversations about these and other questions visitors to your church are likely to ask. Such conversations are best when respectful and non-accusatory, asked and answered with sincere desire to represent with excellence the God we worship.
Remember last week’s reminder of our responsibility as Christians, stated in 2 Corinthians 5:20: “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” That’s a huge responsibility and awesome privilege!