The Faith Perceptions blog features articles written by our team. Topics range from trends in churches to the strange things our mystery guests experience while visiting churches. 

Check out snippets from our most recent blog posts below and view them all on our blog.

  • How to Make Your Church Easier to Find this Easter

    Easter is the highest-attended church service each year and Google searches for “church” spike in the weeks leading up to the holiday. People that don’t attend regularly but try to show up on holidays and special occasions will go looking for a church nearby. Your church could be exactly what they need on Easter and beyond, but will they be able to find you online? Moreover, will they find the information they need to feel comfortable coming to your church? If not, consider the steps below to make your church easy to find and attractive to newcomers this Easter… Read More

  • 3 reasons to add a parking ministry to your first impressions ministry

    Unless you have a church with multiple parking lots, people don’t typically need help finding a place to park when they’re arriving for Sunday worship. As a result, most churches often lack a parking lot ministry and fail to recognize the impact and influence it can have on both their regularly attending members and guests...Read More

  • 3 Things Your Church Greeters are Doing Wrong &

    How to Improve Your Greeters’ Ministry

    “The person who handed me the bulletin actually did not greet me, which I thought was very odd. The children’s minister came over to me and introduced herself, which was very welcoming, but she was the only one who interacted with me before the service. I thought that the greeter should have at least said hello to me and welcomed me.” – Faith Perceptions Mystery Guest...Read More

  • 8 things a visitor wants to see on your church website

    My daughter recently asked if she could attend a Christian outreach event. Since this event wasn’t affiliated with our church (and she’s notorious for lacking answers to basic questions like “Who’s in charge?” and “Where do they meet?”), I did what most parents today do: I went to the church’s website and social media pages looking for information. Unfortunately, I came up empty handed…Read More

  • The top 5 best & worst things that happened at churches in 2017

    For the past 10 years, churches have hired us to find people who don’t regularly attend services to visit as first-time guests. The goal: to help churches see things through the eyes of a visitor. In the last year alone, we read over 1,000 first-time guest experiences at churches of all sizes, from small to mega, in every part of the country, and every denomination...Read More


    Through our research, we’ve found that some guests won’t go back to a church because they found the church to be unwelcoming...Another key reason we hear time and again is the disconnected worship a guest experiences...Read More


    I recently read about a church that shuts down their entire church during the month of July every year. This is to encourage the congregation to spend time connecting with their families. They don’t offer Bible studies, student ministry, or even a Sunday morning service during this time....While there are significant benefits to taking a break and being with your family, I would argue that churches may be missing a chance to connect in a deeper way with people who are finally able to start attending a church in the summer months because the busyness of the school year has finally slowed down. Read More

  • Dear Church: Are you About to Change Service Times? Read This First. 

    During the summer months and holidays throughout the year, churches change service times. Some do it to accommodate an increase in attendance. Most though, do it to accommodate the needs of the church and a decrease in attendance, especially during the summer months...Read More

  • 6 Ways a church can really honor moms on mother's day

    After Christmas and Easter, Mother's Day is the third highest attended Sunday of the year. Not only will you see lots of moms on Mother's Day, you'll also see the people they care about...the ones who don't usually come any other time of the year...Read More


    What is outreach? The word itself literally means “to reach out” and “to reach further than,” but the definition doesn’t tell you to whom you should be reaching out and how to do it. What does that mean for your church? I want to define what we consider outreach to be. There are (in our opinion) two primary types of outreach we see happening within the churches we work with... Read More


    My husband was leading worship at a church I had never been to before. I planned to join him and attend the later service. When I arrived, I had no idea what door to enter and I ended up walking in a side door that opened right up into the sanctuary while the early service was still happening. That was pretty embarrassing and something I’ve never forgotten... Read More


    I get that some people reject faith in God and therefore will never darken the door of another church, but what I can’t accept is that some people don’t come back because they felt rejected by the church. Unchurched people are more skeptical than ever about attending church. Yet there are scores of people that visit churches every weekend, searching for something. So why aren’t they returning, and does it have anything to do with what they experience when they get there? ... Read More