Read this testimonal that came from a small church pastor, 26 members, in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
She followed the steps in the church hosptiality audit that is included in the book and saw ways to apply it to her country church.
We are passing your How to Welcome Church Visitors book around the Session, the Elders are reading it. I encouraged them to make notes in the margin as to their thoughts, ideas, responses, etc.
I, however, found it to be very helpful.
Probably the best overall thing was a sense of encouragement, that there are things we can do.
After you pray and think and pray and think for years, you find yourself going around in the same little circle and it was nice to get out of that circle.
The book helped me to look at our little church (26 active members!) in a fresh way.
Some of the realizations were “duh!” – but still, good to bring to front and center.
Sometimes you just quit noticing things because you see them all the time; they don’t register any more.
For example, somehow the guys in charge of keeping things fixed at the church just didn’t know that the toilet seat in the women’s bathroom was cracked; had been cracked for a long time.
They told me that that’s the kind of thing they definitely needed to be told about, wouldn’t discover it on their own!!
The seat has been replaced!!
There were so many more things this pastor did to spruce up their church. Stuff that would not have been visible had she not made the effort to follow some of the hospitality audit steps that are laid out in the book.