Does your Church have visitors?

The reason I ask is because I am curious as to how often un-churched (non-believers) visit your church.  Also, how often do these visitors become a part of your church?  What role does your church play in reaching out to your community?  Is reaching out a priority in your church?

Do you think that the theological (i.e. Doctrine of Salvation) position your church significantly impacts the emphasis on reaching out to your community (i.e. non-believers)?

Growing a church that simply adds existing Christians does nothing in expanding the kingdom of God, and by that I mean leading non-believers to Christ.  For example in our church which we run about 200 adults, I would say that easily 80% of those were not Christians prior to coming to our church.  We place a high emphasis on reaching the lost, and on prayer.  On a weekly basis we have visitors all of the time.

Just curious what is going on in your churches.


18 thoughts on “Does your Church have visitors?

  1. I’m not a member of the church I’ve been attending for the last year but they do have visitors quite often. Some of the visitors have become part of the church but some of the same people have already backslidden. I think there needs to be more of an emphasis on discipling people than just spouting off lists of dos and don’ts.

  2. Nick, thanks for sharing. I agree that there needs to be a discipleship program that will help new believers get grounded in the word, and grow in Christ. At my church we are rethinking various parts of our discipleship program. One of the changes we will be doing is having a New Believers class on Sunday morning during our second service. Do’s and don’ts don’t never seem to help anyone in the long run.

    TC, it always a pleasure to help you anyway I can.

  3. Steve Ker says:

    Robert, our church has visitors every week and we try to make them feel welcome. We give them a Starbucks card the first week, and a gas card the second week to encourage them to come back. Are we trying to buy new members? Who knows, but it wasn’t my idea. Not sure how many are non-believers, but suspect that most are Christians seeking a new fellowship. We do have classes for new believers, and classes before baptism and church membership.

  4. Steve, those are really good ideas, and I don’t think that you are trying to buy new members. We take the cheap route and offer them one of our coffees for free from the coffee at our church 😉

    My church is highly missional so we are always sharing with someone about Christ, friends, neighbors, strangers, etc. We get a lot of visitors in our church. We work are working really hard and making them feel welcomed. Just in case any body is wondering we are not a secret sensitive church either.

  5. we get lots of visitors but given our situation, we get lots of tourists who want to attend a church service while at the Canyon.

    Our situation, as I see it, is that some of the newcomers are Christians, who’ve moved to the Park to live and work and are looking for a church to attend – so I think this is fine. But also, I am hoping word is getting out that we are here and those Christians who’ve lived here quite a while but have yet to get connected can come and be a part.

    So, once we get a regular group of folks coming I am hoping they’ll be spreading the word and seekers will begin coming to check out the church. That is my hope.

  6. Suzi says:

    I think the largest amount of visitors that “stick” are those that are brought in by existing members. When they attend for the first time, they already feel somewhat accepted because they already know, at least, the one’s who brought them. I also think a church’s stance on personal evalgelism is extremely important in building a churches membership. Large street outreaches bring attention to the fact that the church is there in the community, but are inherently impersonal in nature (in my opinion), but personal evangelism, on a one-to-one basis is what tends to be the most lasting in terms of building a church over time.

  7. Chris G says:

    I understand your comment’s on reaching the lost/unbelievers as visitors to your church. but you make an assumption in that statement that I haven’t found to be true. You assume the people who attend church every week are believers. That may not be true. So when there are people being converted who are already members on the church role then you are reaching out into the community. It seems as if many buildings that people attend on Sundays are filled with lost people, so when you get other (Christians) to come many times they are not.

  8. Chris, there is no assumptions on my part. The purpose of the posting was to get an idea of how often un-churched (non-believers) are visiting our churchs. I was not addressing if the current people in our pews were not Christians.

    • No all “un-churched” are non-believers. Is the focus for the congregation and growth merely non-believers or providing a church home to all? There seem to be an incredible amount of believers that do not have a church home.

  9. Chris G says:

    My apologies if I came across as to strong but what I have found in many churches is a social club for the goats. But those churches that are turning around are the ones who are recognizing this and preaching the gospel to the (Un-churched?) I assume that means those who are not of the church, the Regenerate body of Christ. But in my church home through the preaching of the gospel over the last couple of years, 10 or 15 (members) have come to Christ in faith and repentance and now are showing fruits of repentance. So there are some people (unconverted) coming to visit and being converted Praise God. The reason they are coming is because the change that has occurred in those who are being converted. I know that some churches are more solid in there regenerate membership (Grace church of the Shoals) being one. But in many churches this just doesn’t seem to be the case.

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