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Becoming a Welcoming Church

By: Thom S. Rainer
Narrated by: George W. Sarris
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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.

Best-selling author of I Am a Church Member and Autopsy of a Deceased Church, Thom Rainer has a game plan for churches to become more hospitable. In a format that is suitable for church members to listen to individually or together, Rainer guides listeners 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 audiobook, We Want You Here, to send guests home with a compelling vision for what pastors want every guest to know when they visit.

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Great help for every church

This book will help you have a heart for guests. Practical and inspirational help for Churches of all sizes.

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Excellent points presented on the topic.

Simple and straightforward examples. A must read for all church leaders hoping to be a welcoming church.

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Good reminders!

One of my favorite lines is on page 95, “It’s so easy to get comfortable doing Church the way we’ve always done it.” Thom Rainer reminds us how we welcome others might need more attention than we, the church, gives it. Hospitality can lead to salvation!

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Gloomy presentation

There are a number of excellent points regarding greeters and I do agree this volunteer position is vital to all churches expecting new visitors and growth.
The written delivery sounds gloomy, like everyone is missing the mark.
Also I wonder about the churches and guests interviewed, what the diversity of the churches and people are. The one story and strong urgency for safety to have local police present on site in uniform and police car in prominent view. There are areas of our country with large pockets is people that avoid police presence for a number of reasons. They could be immigrants from other countries where the police are corrupt, or they are here as undocumented people and fear police. This level of safety can limit the type of people that are welcomed to the church.
A more positive delivery, encouraging people to start small and grow the welcoming of visitors, ushers, parking lot greeters with the growth of the church.

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Loved it. more churches need to hear this message especially in today's society. too many people are being lost

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Very helpful

The author has interviewed a lot of guests and reflects what they say in a helpful manner. There are so many ways to consider helping people want to return to a church and hospitality in organized and creative ways is worth doing.

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Recognizing your Blindspots

Eye opening quick read that can help your church see itself from a visitor's perspective.

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Informative

It helps us understand what we need to do in order to bring people into the body of Christ.

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Still Relevant - and for all size congregations.

I knew of this little book when it was originally published. Even more relevant for post-pandemic recovery. Purchased one for several members and went through each chapter in leiu of Wednesday evening events. Had impact on all who read or listened. Even those who love the "stand and greet" were convinced to give up their personal preference for the sake of guests. We will review this book again - perhaps even required readng for Church Council members?

We are a small church of about 30 active - this isn't just for large congregations!

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Eye opening

This book made me take a hard look at our church. I think we are doing some things well but we have much room for improvement. I like the ease of reading/listening and the practicality of this book. It is one I’m sure I will reread many times as I strive to help make our church a more welcoming place!

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