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A first impressions survey of newcomers to church

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject of welcoming recently – as regular readers of Communicate Jesus would know! (Don’t forget about the welcoming roundtable in Sydney next month!)

One book that I’ve found particularly helpful is Fusion: Turning first-time guests into fully engaged members of your church by Nelson Searcy. There’s a lot of great advice in this book that I’ve been thinking through how to apply.

One of the suggested applications is a survey of newcomers, sent out in the days after their first visit. Searcy suggests the following questions:

  • What did you notice first?
  • What did you like best?
  • What was your overall impression?
  • How can we pray with you?
  • Name
  • Email Address

I also noticed The Village Church running a similar survey on their website.

I decided to launch this at Church by the Bridge – below is a snapshot, and you can view online here. We received our first entry last week!

There are numerous benefits to this survey. Here’s five:

  1. Show people that you care about the experience that they have.
  2. See how church is perceived through the eyes of someone who is new.
  3. Learn what your church is doing well – how the church and welcome teams can be encouraged.
  4. Discover what obstacles exist to new people feeling welcomed.
  5. Understand (over time) whether your church is welcoming or not (don’t just rely on gut feel!).
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  1. Simon

    August 23, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Great idea. I liked it so much I duplicated it for our church…hope you don’t mind. 🙂 I added an option at the end of our for the user to provide a phone number or email if they would like further contact from us.

  2. Simon

    August 23, 2011 at 5:17 am

    A quick wufoo question if that’s ok. How do you not have the first option in a multiple choice question selected as in your question re feeling welcomed. The default position is for the first entry to be selected normally but yours isn’t.

  3. Steven Kryger

    August 23, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Hi Simon, great to see that it was useful! Are you referring to the ‘Did you feel welcomed?’ question? To deselect an option with these radio buttons, just click on the selected radio button and it will deselect and make both buttons blank. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense!

  4. Simon

    August 23, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Well that was a simple fix. Thanks Steve.

  5. Domo

    June 15, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Poop is fun

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