Every summer I take several weeks off to take vacation, study, do strategic planning, and visit churches. Since I pastor a church, I don’t get many opportunities to attend other churches unless I am off for the weekend. Visiting other churches gives me the opportunity to experience church life as a guest. I get to observe church life as an outsider rather than an insider and what I have found over the years has helped me bring back fresh insights to my own church and minimize weaknesses that could potentially prevent people from connecting with God. Every pastor wants their church to be warm and inviting to new guests, but many churches flat out are not. I think there are seven characteristics that inspirational churches share. You may add one or two to your own list, but if you want your church to be warm and welcoming to guests, you should pay attention to these characteristics.