Unwelcome Hangout: Visitors & Church Communication

Unwelcome Hangout: Visitors & Church Communication

October 28, 2014 by

It’s launch week for Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. So we’re sitting down with Jonathan for a special hangout with Church Marketing Podcast host Dave Shrein to talk about the book, church visitors and more. Watch the archived video now:

“You can’t force your congregation to be welcoming, but you can cast vision.”


  • “A church will grow as long as we don’t get in the way.”
  • “Anytime you can show people love—without being creepy—you’re good.”
  • “If you draw people with gimmicks, you need to keep them with gimmicks. So don’t do a gimmick for a church visitor gift.”
  • “Any church can be really welcoming. It’s not just for big churches.”
  • “People aren’t going to listen to your ideas until you listen to their ideas.”
  • “If you do everything right but you’re not loving people, it’s no good.”
  • “If your church is in bad shape, I probably wouldn’t read the book from cover to cover. Start small.”
  • “If you forget why you’re doing baptisms, then you’re just splashing water on people. Know why you do things.”


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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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