Thom S. RainerB&H Books / 2018 / HardcoverOur Price$5.994.5 out of 5 stars for Becoming a Welcoming Church. View reviews of this product. 7 Reviews
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annie5 Stars Out Of 5Easy and practical readNovember 9, 2019annieThis book is loaded with practical suggestions (in a loving tone) of how to make sure your church is welcoming to visitors.
Bean5 Stars Out Of 5How Do Visitors See Your ChurchAugust 15, 2018BeanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book helps you see what your visitors may be seeing for better or worse and how to make your church sensitive to the needs and impressions of your visitors and potential members.
JoyGirlAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great InformationAugust 10, 2018JoyGirlAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Usually when I pick up a non-fiction book to read, it takes me a lot of time to read it. Becoming a Welcoming Church was a very quick read and had a lot of good information. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. Thom Rainer does a great job of giving you helpful information and also sharing real life stories of what works and what doesn't. I feel like this book makes me better equipped in knowing how to make my church more welcoming and how I personally can become a more welcoming person in my church. I ended up highlighting so much of the book. It is definitely one that I will go back to as a reference. I have already shared the book with many people and will continue to recommend it to others!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
LMEEKS4 Stars Out Of 5Becoming a Welcoming ChurchJune 20, 2018LMEEKSQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Easy read with thought provoking questions and view points to get a congregation talking and evaluating their own congregation and church facilities.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Eye Opening!May 28, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thom Rainer has become the guru of all things local church. This book, another of the small, attractive, hardback volumes published by B&H Publishing that he has turned out over the last few years, teaches us how to become a welcoming church. Its not so much a book of suggestions as one of necessity because all of its recommendations are drawn from real data from church visitors.
Rainer explains that visitors often dont rate our friendliness, facilities, or services in the way we do. Our friendliness is often in holy huddles that excludes visitors, our facilities are laid out nicely only because weve had years to get used to it, and our services are not as geared to visitors as we have allowed ourselves to believe.
Chapter 1 chips away our determined belief that we are welcoming and asks us to be willing to do a true evaluation. He warns us that we may be in for quite a shock. In this chapter, he explains what consistently bothers visitors (hint: it has nothing to do with doctrine or gospel faithfulness) and what makes for happy visitors. As I read over these lists, I marveled that there was no spiritual element, just practical things that we could work on. Chapter 2 goes on and give us what he calls a confidential report where he digs deeper into how our churches are viewed by visitors. Chapter 3 looks at the practical items of signage, parking, and websites. Chapter 4 describes how visitors expect a safe and clean church and what is most important on that list. Chapter 5 explains greeters and welcome centers while Chapter 6 is a concluding chapter. There is an appendix with a church facility audit and secret guest survey.
If you are familiar with Rainers work, this book is classic Rainer. I happen to be blessed to be a pastor of a friendly church yet see several things on these pages that we need to shore up. This book is a practical, top-notch work and I highly recommend it!
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