The Faith Perceptions blog features articles written by our team. Topics range from trends in churches to the strange things our mystery guests have experienced while visiting churches through our Mystery Guest Program. 

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

  • changing service times for summer? read this first.

    Hey church…summer is quickly approaching. Are you ready? During the summer months, a lot of churches will consolidate their service times to accommodate a smaller summer crowd. If you plan on doing that, read this first...Read More

  • tales of an unchurched mystery guest

    The guest reveals, "They invited me to visit the pastor's home where a gathering was taking place later in the evening. I thought this was very special and made me feel very welcomed." Read More

  • hey church - what moms really want for mother's day

    Did you know after Christmas and Easter, Mother’s Day is the third-highest attended Sunday at your church? A lot of moms (whether they regularly attend church or not) will have no shame in asking their family to attend church with them for their special day. And they should because it’s a day dedicated solely to mothers...Read More

  • tales of an unchurched mystery guest

    "The message was about living daily life in the law of God and engaging others, yet I was not engaged..." Read More

  • 8 best practices for welcoming church guests this easter

    Easter is the highest attended service of the year, which means more people are likely to visit your church on this day than any other...Read More

  • tales of an unchurched mystery guest

    Do you ever wonder why someone visits your church, but doesn’t come back for a second visit? A lot of churches wonder the same thing. Our Mystery Guest Program helps you see your church through the eyes of a visitor and helps improve the hospitality experience for guests...Read More

  • tales of an unchurched mystery guest

    The mystery guest reveals..."The atmosphere was very cold and not friendly. I smiled at people and no one smiled back or greeted me. No one really tried to engage us." Read More

  • why your church should live stream for the holidays

    We’ve entered the month of November, so you know what that means….it’s time to talk about your church’s Christmas ministry. By now, you’ve probably already started thinking about how to welcome first-time guests that may be visiting your church during the holiday season. However, there’s one thing you possibly haven’t thought about to engage people in your Christmas message...Read More

  • Tales of an Unchurched Mystery Guest: Part 2

    The guest reveals…“The way this congregation treated us was one of the most comforting experiences I have ever had with any church.”


    Do you ever wonder why some people visit your church and not return for a second or third visit? Our Mystery Guest Program helps your church see themselves through the eyes of a visitor and can help strengthen your welcoming process so that when a guest does come, they feel welcome, accepted and want to return again... Read More

  • Tales of An "Unchurched" Mystery Guest

    The guest reveals...

    "This is the first church I've ever been to where I felt weird about going to a new church."

    It is not uncommon for a church to see a new face on Sunday or for some churches many new faces.  Do you ever wonder why some people do or don’t return for a second or third visit? We did too. Through our Mystery Guest Program we find people that aren’t regularly attending church and send them to church so that we can learn from their experiences. Each month we feature a unique guest experience. 

    Here are the first impressions of a 30-yr. old “unchurched” female who attended church services at a church in Louisiana...Read More

  • Guest information: A more effective way to collect their experience

    This is the second post in a two-part series. In our first post, we discussed why church sign-in books are ineffective at collecting guest information. In summary, they're limited to space, people forget to pass them around, and visitors may not want to broadcast their contact information to everyone. For these, and many other reasons, we recommend ditching the sign-in book in favor of something more meaningful: a connect card. One of our unchurched mystery guests visited a church and told us...Read More

  • 3 reasons to stop using a church sign-in book

    For decades, churches have passed around a sign-in book to take attendance and collect contact information from their guests. If you’re one of those churches, you may have wondered whether there is a better method for getting this information.  There is. But first, here are three reasons you should ditch your church sign-in book in favor of a more effective alternative...Read More

  • 5 things you can do to make your church website more welcoming to visitors

    Thanks to all the technology at our fingertips, people are more likely to check out a business or organization’s website before they ever step foot in their physical location. This means potential visitors are scoping out your church website and using the information they find there to decide whether or not they want to visit...Read More

  • 3 ways to honor the whole family this mother's day

    Mother’s Day is one of the most highly attended holidays, coming in third behind Easter and Christmas. Why is it such a popular holiday to attend church? One probable reason is many moms tell their family all they want for Mother’s Day is to have everyone attend worship together. Another is it’s a simple, yet meaningful way to honor mom. Although most churches do a great job of honoring moms on this holiday, they fail to make the whole family feel welcome. Fortunately, you can honor moms while also honoring the rest of their family...Read More

  • the do's and don'ts of church announcements

    Church announcements are an essential component for building and sustaining your church community, but there’s a right and wrong way to do them. Over the years, we’ve seen multiple complaints about lengthy or irrelevant announcements in our mystery guest reports...Read More