5 Things Unchurched People Expect When They Visit Your Church

picjumbo.com_IMG_1275We all want unchurched people attending our church every weekend! In fact, you should have unchurched people attending your church every weekend.

Healthy churches have unchurched people in attendance each weekend.

I am privileged and honored to serve at a church where we have had unchurched people visit every week since our location launched nearly two years ago.

One key reason why your church might not have unchurched people attending is because church leaders do not know what they expect when they visit.

I want to give you 5 things that unchurched people expect to see when they visit your church.

1. Unchurched people expect smooth worship services

Winging things on a weekend will not attract the unchurched. The unchurched enjoy smoothly run services.

Guests are uncomfortable when a service is disorganized and does not run smoothly.

If we want unchurched people to attend, we must plan every detail of our services and execute them smoothly. Get rid of the awkward moments and weird transitions that plague our services every weekend.

2. Unchurched people expect to slip in and out

Unchurched people are not against talking to people, but they are against being embarrassed in a worship service.

Having guests stand or be pointed out in a worship service ensures that guests will rarely visit your church on a consistent basis.

Find ways to engage guests and receive their contact info without embarrassing them.

3. Unchurched people expect signage to be clear

Guests do not want to ask where to take their kids. Guests do not want to decide where to park. Guests do not want to  ask where the restrooms are.

My point is that guests tend to want to be told where to park, told where to take their kids, and be told where the restrooms are. They do not desire the extra stress of finding these things on their own.

If you want unchurched people to attend your church, answer all of these questions for them before they attend. Create clear and informative signage to take the pressure off of your guests when they come to your services. Have helpful and friendly parkers in the parking lot.

4. Unchurched people expect you to teach the Bible

Our messages should be engaging. We should think about guests when preparing our messages, but at the end of the day, do not be afraid to teach the Bible to them. They expect you to teach the Bible.

Create creative and strategic ways for you to speak messages that speak Bible into the circumstances that your guests may be facing.

5. Unchurched people expect the kids ministry to be fun and secure

If your kids ministry is boring, guests will not return. One of the most effective reviews about your church should be coming from the kids.

If the kids have a good time, the parents will be happy about the experience more than likely.

Parents want their kids to have fun at church! We should too.

Parents also expect the kids ministry to be secure. Background screen every worker in your kids ministry. Place high level volunteers in positions that deal directly with parents.

It is a HUGE deal for parents to leave their kids with strangers at church so make them feel as safe as possible during this process.

What have you seen that the unchurched expect when they visit your church? Scroll down and leave a comment to join the conversation about engaging the unchurched at our weekend services.

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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