Need A Laugh? Check Out Yelp’s Church Reviews

Odds are you’ve headed to Yelp to check out a restaurant or hair salon, but did you know some users are reviewing churches as well? From ridiculous to completely relevant, these comments are both hilarious and helpful. As much as it may hurt to read that your church is perceived as stuck up or unfriendly, wouldn’t you rather know?

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Why this story matters for Church Leaders:  

The church exists for the community and if your community thinks you are uninviting it’s something you need to engage.

  • Painful but Valuable– Helpful reviews are warm and fuzzy, but they may just keep us from growth. When we know what isn’t working for the general public, we know where to start.
  • Hone Your Focus– The issues that arise from bad reviews give you a good jumping off point and the next topic of discussion at for your upcoming leadership meeting.
  • Kill ‘Em With Kindness– As discouraging as these reviews may be, create an account and engage the reviews with grace, thanking and apologizing as needed.

What do you think your community would write about your church? What are you doing well? What needs work?

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