For so many years, I served on the flip-side of the situation I now find myself in as we continue to search for a new church home. Instead of being the one to welcome guests, I’m the one being welcomed. Instead of critiquing every minute detail that happened on a Sunday morning with the design team the following week, I now find myself as part of the crowd, simply there to “pause” with other worshippers. It’s different, but divinely designed.
- The information found on their Web site for first time visitors was good, but very general (from what I could find). The more specific church sites can be as to what to visitors can expect upon arrival, the better, in my opinion.
- The first impression of a church DOES begin in the parking lot. Immediately, the attendants made us feel welcomed without being sappy or sweet. They seemed genuinely sincere, and that always leaves a good impression.
- The facility was very nice – creative decor, nice colors, very clean.
- For those who serve on a First Impressions team, please realize how vital your role is when you stand behind a Guest Desk on Sunday mornings. Brian had to wait for the woman behind the desk to finish a conversation with a band member before he was acknowledged. Granted, she was super nice and helpful afterwards, but some would not have been as patient as my hubby.
- This is a personal preference and the result of many hang-ups pertaining to past experiences, but I didn’t care for the reserved seating section for first time guests. Can anyone say “fishbowl experience?” I get the reasoning on their part and the motives are right on, but we sat elsewhere.
- We loved the transition between songs – instruments only with excerpts from today’s Scripture references on the screens. There was an immediate tie-in with the song and sermon. Great job!
- There was a guest speaker, whom we enjoyed, but we look forward to hearing the pastor in the near future.
- We saw a couple of friends we hadn’t seen in quite awhile. Needless to say, that was a nice surprise!