To get a genuine look at the job churches are doing, Faith Perceptions partnered with church leaders to send “mystery guests” to visit various churches and rate their experience as a first- time visitor. The guests reported that churches with an average of 300 to 500 attendees ranked highest with smaller congregations and larger mega-churches with over 1,000 attendees offering less satisfaction. The largest churches generally had higher scores in the area of the children’s ministry, sermon, speaker, and connect-resources. Churches with attendance in the 300 to 500 range ranked higher in overall friendliness, pre-service atmosphere, and seating. Not all small churches received low ratings and not all mega churches received high rating. The survey asked the respondents to rank several factors including signage and directions and put them on a scale of 1 to 10. A score in the “7’s” was marked “fair,” with a score over 8 considered to be “ very good.” – Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
'Mystery Guests' Rank Churches Based on First-Time Visits, Lillian Kwon Christian Post Reporter, http://www.christianpost.com/news/mystery-guests-rank-churches-based-on-first-time-visits-78720/, July 23, 2012.
Hebrews 13:2 (HCSB) “Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.”