What if Starbucks treated visitors like many of our churches do when they visit?  Having visited numerous churches in my role with Serve Our Youth Network, I have seen/experienced many of the strategies in the video (until they learn I’m the guest speaker!).  Do you think they’d get many return visits?

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Javaluia!

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  1. This is a great video. I especially love the part where the baristas announces their presence and asks them to fill out some paperwork. So over the top yet all too similar to many of my experiences visiting churches whenever I’ve moved to a new community.

  2. This is a great video. I especially love the part where the baristas announces their presence and asks them to fill out some paperwork. So over the top yet all too similar to many of my experiences visiting churches whenever I’ve moved to a new community.

  3. I racked up the “first timers” baked goods when I moved to a new town and went to a few different churches. Strangely enough, they were so “welcoming” that they welcomed me as a newcomer every week for six months.Finally I found one where people left me alone to worship and stopped hounding me about joining twelve classes/committees/outreach/inreach gropus.

  4. I racked up the “first timers” baked goods when I moved to a new town and went to a few different churches. Strangely enough, they were so “welcoming” that they welcomed me as a newcomer every week for six months.Finally I found one where people left me alone to worship and stopped hounding me about joining twelve classes/committees/outreach/inreach gropus.

  5. Oh, boy! Better to roast in heaven than burn in hell. Shows how great the Lord is to overcome the well intentioned mayhem we inflict.

  6. Oh, boy! Better to roast in heaven than burn in hell. Shows how great the Lord is to overcome the well intentioned mayhem we inflict.

  7. I’m glad you guys enjoyed the video.

    Gradchica – I’m curious how do you get plugged into the life of the Church? What’s your process? I recognize that hounding someone isn’t healthy either.

    I know at the church that I was a member of before becoming an interim pastor if my wife and I hadn’t joined an Adult Bible Fellowship we would have not been as connected with the Body.

  8. I’m glad you guys enjoyed the video.

    Gradchica – I’m curious how do you get plugged into the life of the Church? What’s your process? I recognize that hounding someone isn’t healthy either.

    I know at the church that I was a member of before becoming an interim pastor if my wife and I hadn’t joined an Adult Bible Fellowship we would have not been as connected with the Body.

  9. I’ve been wondering this for a while: Do pastors know what an introvert is? Do they realize that half the stuff they do is like being sent to the 5th circle of hell for an introvert?

  10. I’ve been wondering this for a while: Do pastors know what an introvert is? Do they realize that half the stuff they do is like being sent to the 5th circle of hell for an introvert?

  11. LOL – Chris, sometimes I don’t think they do. In the church I pastor we don’t point them out in the service or make them jump through hoops.

    We do try to welcome them and greet them, but we do that with everybody so they don’t feel zeroed in on.

  12. LOL – Chris, sometimes I don’t think they do. In the church I pastor we don’t point them out in the service or make them jump through hoops.

    We do try to welcome them and greet them, but we do that with everybody so they don’t feel zeroed in on.

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