I’m reposting the following great article from Diana Davis and my friends at Pastors.com. This is a wonderful checklist to go through on this monumental week and is some of what I look for when I consult with a church. I hope it helps you prepare for Easter. Here’s her article:
Hereâ€™s a simple way to evaluate how guests see your church building. Take the â€œ5-Spot Test.â€
Stop at five specific places around your church site for five minutes and answer five questions.
Spot #1: Church parking lot. Just before worship, park in a guest space.
- How easy is it to find a parking space?
- From here, how enticing is the buildingâ€™s appearance and landscape?
- Is the parking lot well kept?
- Is the church sign current and attractive?
- Is the main entrance inviting?
Spot #2:Â Main Church Entrance. Walk inside at the most obvious entry.
- Is the front door clean, attractive, well maintained?
- Whatâ€™s your first impression? Consider dÃ©cor, lighting, music.
- Is the entry area perfectly clean?
- Does signage direct guests to childcare, restrooms, worship center?
- Are wall displays and printed materials attractive, positive, current?
Spot #3:Â Back row panoramic. Sit on the third row from the rear, left side.
- Is your view unobstructed? Can you hear well?
- What is the overall atmosphere of the worship center?
- Are pew envelopes, books, pens or clipboards neat and current?
- Are seats, ceilings, walls and floors in perfect condition?
- Does worship center reflect careful consideration of dÃ©cor, upkeep, seasonal touches?
Spot #4: Preschool area. Use directional signs to find the preschool hallway. Stand by the two-year-old classroomâ€™s door.
- How simple is it to locate the childrenâ€™s area?
- Is it well lit and spotlessly clean?
- Does it seem safe and secure?
- Are there obvious signs that Christian teaching occurs here?
- Is the hallway and room updated, stimulating, inviting?
Spot #5: Restroom. Use directional signs to find the nearest restroom.
- How easy is it to locate the restroom?
- Is it perfectly clean and well lit?
- Is dÃ©cor very attractive and up-to-date?
- Is there a baby-changing table, seat covers, Bible shelf, purse hanger?
- Take a deep breath. Is the smell fresh?
Haggai 1:4 reads, â€œWhy are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?â€ (NLT). Friendly people, wonderful worship and Godly teaching will impact newcomers, but the building itself is part of that first impression. Make it count for Christâ€™s sake.
Â© Diana Davis 2013 â€“ Print the 5-Spot Test chart and more tips atÂ www.dianadavis.org