A very simple – but harshly honest – evaluation for your “front door” environment is this:

If you were a student on THIS campus at THIS time, would you be likely to return to this event week after week?

Of course, it’s likely you (as the campus minister) have designed it toward your personality. So after running this evaluation through for yourself, try it for your spouse… your best friends… and so on.

Sometimes we get so focused on the good and important details of what we’re doing that it’s good to step back and ask ourselves if the big picture is a wonderful picture indeed. One ingredient – a great message, a happy Welcome Team, good handouts, clever videos, awesome music – doesn’t mean you’re winsome to most students. Would you come back?