3 Things That Will Keep Guests Coming Back to Your Church (Based on Actual Guest Surveys)

Rather than tell you how things should be, today I’ll simply pass along how things are. Recently I contacted several guests that have gotten plugged into our church over the past few months. One of the questions I asked them was “what made you come back to Mt Vernon?” Based on their responses, I’ve pulled [Read More…]

The Overwhelming Thing Guests Will Be Looking For This Easter

For churches, Easter is the “Superbowl” of Sundays. The bushes are spruced up, the pile of old bulletins is finally cleared out. We’re getting ready for the onslaught of guests that are expected to pour onto our campus this coming Sunday. But what determines whether guests will come back again or not after Easter? Will it be [Read More…]

The Small Shift That Could Revolutionize Your Church

It’s the difference between attending a party and hosting a party. When you attend a party, what’s your goal and mindset? To have a good time, to make memories. Whose job is it to ensure you have a good time? Your host’s. When you host a party, everything is reversed. Your job is to ensure [Read More…]

What a Simple Hug Can Do

It’s amazing to see the impact you can have at your church this Sunday if you simply open your eyes to needs around you. Leshay came to Mt Vernon several months ago looking for acceptance and a family to belong to. Because normal, everyday church members went out of their way to make her feel [Read More…]

How a Handshake Can Change Your Church

This couple isn’t supposed to be at our church. One grew up Church of Christ, the other grew up in a traditional Baptist denomination. Both very conservative churches. Mt Vernon is about as contemporary and non-traditional as you can get. This couple isn’t supposed to be here, but they are, and this is their home [Read More…]

Hooray! We Ruined Church!

We ruined church for someone, and we’re excited about it. A few days ago I received a message from an Air Force family that was at Mt Vernon while they were stationed here, but a year ago moved to another part of the United States. Here’s their message: Just thought we would let you know [Read More…]

One Ministry Every Church Should Have

Yesterday at Mt Vernon I received a comment from a first time guest that I hear at least once or twice a month. Speaking with a new guest about their experience so far at church, this gentlemen commented on how much he was impressed with our Host Team (up to recently referred to as our [Read More…]

When You Introduce Yourself to a New Couple the Second Time

It happened to me (again) this past Sunday. That awkward moment when you introduce yourself to a new couple at church, and they tell you they met you last week. Mike and Shelly. I won’t forget their names anytime soon. Here’s how the conversation went:   ME: Hey, I don’t think I’ve met you. My [Read More…]

My Awkward Church Visit (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post is by Brandon Yopp, Student Pastor at Mt Vernon Church. You can find him on Twitter here: While I was out of town visiting family, I decided to visit a local “contemporary” church that I had heard a lot about, but had never attended.  Bethany and I went to church and left [Read More…]

The Power of Knowing a Name

Here’s part of an email our church recently received, “Thank you for making us feel so welcomed, we have been enjoying the church services and my heart is so happy that my children are also enjoying it too!” This is from a family who’s recently attended and has decided to make Mt Vernon their church [Read More…]