As the pastor of a smaller, established church, I have been spending a great deal of time talking with people about what a visitor would see if or when they visit our church. We, as regular congregants, see the church through the lens of a person long married.
We see history.
We see experiences.
We see a place we’ve called home for years (or decades).
But someone else, someone new, won’t see the church the same way we see do. They see us, and the building through the lens of a first date.
How put together is the worship experience?
How good is the music?
Does the pastor’s sermon make sense, or does it say anything meaningful in my life?
The beauty of a church is the history told through the people. The difficult, yet important, part is helping people to experience our history by first engaging them with a positive first impression.