I got this comment yesterday to a post and chose not to post it there, but decided that I’d blog about it.
Appreciate your call to courage. At ___________ we’ve extended this invitation to Christians as well as our most challenging customers as well. Non Christians.
Go ahead and place this Ad in Craigslist and you’ll get all the real feedback you want
Need People Who Aren’t Christian to Review Church Service
Criteria: Age: 20-30 / do not currently believe Jesus Christ is God / not mad at Christians
Task: Attend a church service in your local area and complete a survey
You will go anonymously – like a visitor
You will be treated like any other visitor is treated in this church
This is serious interview -not a set up- no one will try to convert you
You are being hired to help us see ourselves through the eyes of Outsiders
$50 per person flat fee
Now I know that the guy who left the post is a real person with a real ‘ministry’ that has good intentions. Not real sure that his comment was relevant to my original post (however, in the end it did get my attention, and I’m sitting here writing about it…so maybe it was effective after all) What do you think of this? Do you think that we should have secret shoppers come into our churches? Have you ever done this? Do you care how ‘outsiders’ see you?
I’ve known several folks who have done this. I’ve done secret shopping for businesses in the past. I’ve been involved in focus groups on both sides of the glass. I think it is valuable information that we can takeaway from them.
I’m being facetious here, because, well… ummm… I think we do need to be aware of outsider/visitor perception of the church. I think we can get to a point where we are so insider focused, that we forget what it feels like to be an outsider or visitor to your church.
What say you?