Learn to Create an Amazing Guest Experience

All organizations routinely perform a set of sound, standard practices that result in a high-quality outcome. It’s true for your church just like any other organization. You don’t get up on Sunday morning and wonder how you will have a sermon that morning—or take care of children, or lead in worship. It’s a part of what your organization is, and does.

Organizations that want to produce a high-quality Guest experience also need to perform a set of sound, standard practices. Harley Manning and Kerry Bodine, in their book Outside In, have developed six high-level disciplines that can be translated into the Guest experience: strategy, Guest understanding, design, measurement, governance and culture.

These disciplines represent the areas where organizations that are constantly great at Guest experience excel. If you want to deliver a great Guest experience, they are where you need to focus.

Strategy

This is your game plan. It’s a set of practices for crafting a Guest experience strategy, aligning it with the organization’s overall attributes and brand attributes, and then sharing that strategy with team members to guide decision-making and prioritization across the organization. The strategy discipline is critical because it provides the blueprint for the experience you design, deliver, manage and measure.

Guest Understanding

A set of practices that create a consistent shared understanding of who Guests are, what they want and need, and how they perceive the interactions they’re having with your organization today. This discipline includes research practices, analyzing the information you’ve collected and documenting your findings. Guest Understanding provides a foundational level of insight that guides the rest of the disciplines.

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Bob Adams
Bob Adams is the Vision Room Curator and Guest Experience Navigator at Auxano. His dual passion for serving the church focuses on expanding learning opportunities for leaders and creating WOW! Guest experiences for churches. Bob’s background includes 23 years as an associate/executive pastor and 8 years as a consultant for a church design build company. Bob is a volunteer Guest Services Coordinator at Elevation Church in Charlotte at the Uptown campus.