The BBC seems to be making a massive deal (on the website and the 6:00pm news, as well some radio stations) of the fact that some churches across the Midlands are being checked by “mystery worshippers”. I am surprised by the way in which this has been reported. Mystery worshippers have been around for a couple of decades at least. I guess it could be seen to be different in the sense that it is buying in the perspective of non-Christians.
13 people have been hired by the Heart of England Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) to report on issues such as sermons, music and the warmth of welcome. The idea of the visits is to find out how people’s needs can be better met by churches in the region.