‘I Plan to Make This Church My Church’—Lessons From a Mystery Visitor

The members of this church were extremely friendly—the church also supports the homeless and less fortunate.

A 20-something unchurched male visits a large church in New York on May 21, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.


What was it like when you entered the building?

A gentleman in a suit and tie sincerely welcomed me. He was warm and professional, asked me about myself and advised me where to find the worship area. I observed a lot of smiles and laughing, which was nice. I felt right at home.

Was it obvious where the children’s ministry was located and that it was clean, secure and well-staffed?

I don’t have any children, but I would bring family members who do have children. The kids section seemed safe and child-friendly. The church’s website had a section dedicated to kids that explained how the church was reaching out to children. I was impressed with all the positions the church had taken for children betterment.

Did you observe anything that would lead you to believe that the church values diversity?

This church was extremely diverse. One person had a hole in his pants and another wore a fancy suit. I saw young children as well as middle-aged adults and seniors. People spoke in different languages and appeared to be from various ethnicities. The church also supports the homeless and less fortunate.

Describe the service.

The music style was blended. They had live music, and the musicians seemed sincere. They enjoyed themselves with everyone clapping to the beat of the music. All age groups would enjoy this music. The hour-long message was about God in our lives and how we should see happiness in the things around us. I really enjoyed the message. I enjoyed the way the speaker made the connection between me and God, and I felt like the message was directed to me. I felt so at peace and at home at this church. All of the speakers did a great job. They referenced and used Scripture. The entire service was an hour and a half.

Overall, how friendly would you say the church was to you during your visit?

The members of the church were extremely friendly.

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Would you return to the church?

I plan to make this church my church home. All ages would fit in, and I would strongly encourage others to attend this church. It is a great place to learn about what is going on in the community, and it makes you feel good about yourself.

Adapted from a report provided by Faith Perceptions, which has evaluated more than 7,200 worship services across the United States. Visit FaithPerceptions.com.