How Church Guests Are Different Now Compared to Ten Years Ago

Episode #764
August 30, 2022
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Most churches have more guests than they realize. About 2% to 5% of those who worship on Sunday will identify as guests. How has this group changed in the last ten years? Thom and Sam discuss what is different now than in the past.

  • The front door is different: First impressions are now made digitally
  • The back door is different: Less consumerism but also less frequency
  • Follow-up via text is now accepted, but you can stand out with hand-written notes
  • Drive times are down and neighborhood churches are more desirable
  • QR codes are acceptable rather than paper handouts
  • What has not changed: Most guests attend because someone invited them




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