‘Mystery worshippers’ could soon be visiting churches to evaluate the effectiveness of their outreach and welcome. Following a successful trial in the Midlands, researchers are now looking at developing a resource which would see non-church-going professional researchers secretly visit churches to assess their strengths and weaknesses. The research trial was organised by Christian Research and Christian Resources Exhibition to highlight areas where churches are doing well, and to identify how they can better meet people’s needs. Christian Research is conducting further research into the costs involved and predicted that a national programme could be in place from May.
Source: The Baptist Times (28/2)