Category Archives: Ministry to visitors

Heritage as a Vehicle for Mission

Extended notes of a keynote address given by Bishop Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester at The Churches Tourism Association Convention 19-21 November 2012, The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. You can download here KeynoteAddress2012_BishopColin_Dorchester

Encouraging Visitors on a Spiritual Journey

A short guide written by the Revd Eileen McLean, former vicar of Bamburgh and Ellingham with practical and simple suggestions on how to engage visitors in the faith for which the buildings were built for the Newcastle Diocese Tourism Task Group (2006). “All churches are visited by people from outside their regular worshipping congregation. All […]

How can churches better engage with their visitors

In 2006, the Revd Eileen McLean used a sabbatical to look at how churches were engaging with their visitors and how that might be improved. “Visitors to any church will have many different motives for entering through the door.  They will also be a mixture of ages (veering towards the older end of the spectrum) […]

Summer Churches in Sweden and Germany

Sweden and Germany have a well establish tradition of summer churches, writes Dan Gafvert. During the tourist season, some churches run a special summer program. The church is usually open during daytime and offers refreshments and guides, as well as opportunities for prayer and short services. These churches, generally in areas frequented by visitors, usually […]

Open for You

Open for You: The Church, the Visitor and the Gospel This practical manual encourages local congregations to look at every aspect of their building and suggests ways of meeting visitors’ needs, from ensuring comfort to providing a quiet place for prayer, and making the Christian faith fully accessible. Author: Paul Bond. Canterbury Press Norwich (2006) ISBN-10: […]

Managing the experience of visitors in sacred spaces: a web-based learning resource

How do you reconcile the spiritual role of a place of worship with the fact that many visitors will also or only be interested in the architecture or the history of the building? And what can you provide for those visitors who have no idea of the spiritual function of the building and how it […]