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What does it take to become a more hospitable congregation? Walking you through an easy-to-implement plan, Rainer encourages you to be honest about the level of friendliness in your church; helps you improve your outreach; shows how to make a difference in the lives of your visitors; and more. 96 pages, hardcover from B&H.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 7 X 5 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 1462765459
ISBN-13: 9781462765454

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Most church members don't see their churches clearly.

In almost all of Thom S. Rainer's consultations, church members perceive their church to be friendly. But as he surveyed guests, he found that the guests typically saw church members as unfriendly. The perception chasm existed because the members were indeed friendly . . . to one another. 

The guests felt like they crashed a private party.

Bestselling author Thom Rainer (I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church) has a game plan for churches to become more hospitable. In a format that is suitable for church members to read individually or study together, Rainer guides readers toward a practical framework for making a difference for those who visit their church. Churches may use Becoming a Welcoming Church to assess and audit where they are on a spectrum between welcoming and wanting. Additionally, churches can use the companion book We Want You Here to send guests home with a compelling vision for what pastors want every guest to know when they visit.

Author Bio

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the largest Christian resource companies in the world. Also a respected pastor and researcher, he has written more than twenty books and coauthored the No. 1 best sellers Simple Church and I Am a Church Member. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren, and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit ThomRainer.com to learn more.

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    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That is something that I have personally reminded my first impressions team at the church that I pastor. That statement and more like it were reinforced to me in Thom S. Rainer's book Becoming a Welcoming Church, published by B&H.

    In this book Rainer challenges us to think through whether or not we are as welcoming as we think that we truly are. When we take an honest look into the mirror, we find that when we think that we are friendly and welcoming, we are really focused on ourselves and not outsiders. It is so easy to get complacent and therefore lacking in this area.

    This short book by Rainer encourages you to look at your church from the eyes of an outsider. Discussions about signs, websites, safety, cleanliness, greeters, and welcome centers are vital. They are short but concise. He touches so many areas of the church in so little time. What I like about this book is that this is something that I can hand to my leaders and be assured that they will read it.

    Each chapter has a list of discussion questions that could help you or a small group think deeper about your own situation. I found the questions to be very helpful. There is also a church facility audit in the back of the book as well as a secret guest survey that one might give to someone that you have attend a Sunday at your church to see how you are doing.

    This is a very helpful book and there is a companion book entitled We Want You Here that can actually be presented to first time guests of your church.

    Yes, I do recommend this book to you and your guest services team. I plan to share it with mine.

    I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
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