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Greg Atkinson
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LEADERSHIP | MINISTRY | GUEST SERVICES | COACH | CONSULTANT | FIRST IMPRESSIONS | MINISTRY | INNOVATION | MENTAL HEALTH | SOCIAL MEDIA | CHURCH
LEADERSHIP | MINISTRY | GUEST SERVICES | COACH | CONSULTANT | FIRST IMPRESSIONS | MINISTRY | INNOVATION | MENTAL HEALTH | SOCIAL MEDIA | CHURCH

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If you never got to listen to my podcast with William Vanderbloemen about first impressions, hospitality, and guest services in the local church - based on a decade of me being a church secret shopper and mystery worshiper, I encourage you to please check it out. We discuss how to build a volunteer and leadership team. William has one of my favorite pastor and church leader podcasts. Listen today! https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/first-impressions-podcast

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Summer is the perfect time to prepare your church for a big Fall. Author, speaker, and consultant Greg Atkinson shares: Five Summer Tips from a Church Secret Shopper. Read here: https://worshipimpressions.com/2017/06/24/tips-from-a-church-secret-shopper/

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Secrets of a Secret Shopper: Reaching and Keeping Church Guests by Greg Atkinson - Thoughts from Church Marketing Sucks - http://buff.ly/2snO0MI

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Read the #1 Best-Seller for Church Growth and order copies for your team. Author Greg Atkinson shares secrets, insights, and practical helps from his decade of church secret shopper and mystery worshiper or mystery guest experience. Check out the book here: http://amzn.to/2rrKCiz
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Excited to have an excerpt from my new book featured in the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary's newsletter. The pet peeves of a church mystery visitor or secret shopper are featured in this article: https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/pet-peeves-church-visitor/

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I'm doing a church secret shopper visit this weekend near Amarillo, Texas (yes, Memorial Day weekend). I'm booking church secret shopper and mystery worshiper consultations for the summer. If interested, message me. If you know someone who would be interested, share my website with them: https://worshipimpressions.com/ 

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A Church Secret Shopper Shares Some Pet Peeves by Greg Atkinson - Read all about them here: http://buff.ly/2q01tL9 // #pastors #ministry

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My friend Karl Vaters mentioned me and my new book (Secrets of a Secret Shopper) in his latest article for Christianity Today. You can read it here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/karl-vaters/2017/may/7-steps-help-good-slightly-off-center-message-break-through.html?paging=off&utm_content=buffer80687&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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My new book Secrets of a Secret Shopper is the new #1 Best-seller for Church Growth & Ministry Evangelism on Amazon. This book is based on my decade of experience as a church secret shopper and mystery worshiper. Purchase your copy here: http://buff.ly/2pYUHTX
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I now have 38 five star reviews of my new book Secrets of a Secret Shopper. This is a practical help and leadership book for pastors and church leaders written from my decade of experience as a church secret shopper or mystery worshiper.

This latest review is pretty cool (long, but worth the read). I hope you'll check out what this pastor said:

5.0 out of 5 starsToo Good to Keep a Secret
By Sam Stevens on April 28, 2017
Format: Paperback

I have heard that roughly 80% of the churches in the United States are either plateaued or declining. If that statistic is true, it's probably because many of those churches are unwittingly in violation of the various precepts laid out in this book. As a pastor myself, I can't tell you what a gift Secrets of a Secret Shopper by Greg Atkinson is to church leaders of all kinds, whether they are vocational clergy or passionate lay people with strategic roles in their local congregations. Personally, I would love to get a copy into the hands of every single person in my church!

There is a methodological tension in the Western church today between the missional "go and get 'em" camp and the attractional "come and see" camps of church growth. Atkinson's contention is that even if you consider your church to be missional to the bone, if you have or meet in a facility of some kind, then there is an attractional element to your ecclesiology (church life) and you need to take it seriously. This is because the manner in which our churches presents themselves, which includes our online presence, makes a statement about how much we care for those who check us out online and walk through our doors when we gather. Atkinson views this as a form of hospitality, a biblical principle that is given great attention and emphasis throughout the scriptures.

If you are a person who has never given much thought to how your church goes about its business or presents itself, then this book will give you MUCH to think about. If, on the other hand, you're someone whose practically thought of everything when it comes to how your church portrays itself, then this book will undoubtedly present you with a couple of MORE things to think about. It's that kind of read; a book that affirms a ton a what you already knew or suspected, and at the same time enlightens and educates you on things you'd never really thought of before. From a pastoral standpoint, I love having a tool to present our people with or refer them to, that will provide them with the guidance they need to effectively make changes in some critical areas of our church. This book helps to make change make sense, and that's encouraging!

One of the really great things about Secrets of a Secret Shopper is that it's not so much out to tell you what kind of church you have to be, but rather how to go about being the best version of the church you already are. That is to say, it really doesn't matter if you're a deeply traditional, formal, mainline denominational church or a cutting edge, ultra contemporary, casual, non-denominational church, as long as you do things with great excellence! THAT'S the key! Excellence as a core value of any church honors God and attracts people. That excellence must touch all facets of your ministry. It has to be present with your church's social media and experienced the minute you walk through the door. It has to be evident in its appearance, including the signage, the way it smells, the way it "flows" during worship experiences, and the way it makes kids and all other guests feel safe and protected. This takes commitment, and it requires effort. But it's worth it! It's worth it because God is worth it, and those He is calling to Himself, possibly through your church, are worth it, too.

Get this book. Read it. Highlight passages. Underline lines. And then get to work. Your church, and more importantly, your community, will be glad you did.

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