When we first moved to southwestern Germany in 2007 we felt as if our season as associate pastors had come to an end. We began to coach and mentor pastors and church leadership teams across Western Europe. We also had to find a church for our family to attend. It was our first time in over 20 years that we were visiting churches (over 20 of them) in order to choose one as our spiritual home. We were looking at churches from a consumer's point of view - as outsiders rather than insiders. This was truly an eye-opening experience!
While visiting these churches we noticed some areas (that were unfortunately fairly consistent in the churches we visited) that could definitely deter a visitor from returning. This following blog series shares some of our thoughts about this.