Literally it is important to provide open doors with great signage for people to enter church facilities when arriving for worship and other events. This sounds simple or very tactical. Yet, it is an important part of creating an atmosphere that congregations are “inviting,” and desiring new people to connect in worship, discipleship, and fellowship.
When doors are closed, locked, unlighted, and without adequate signage a fortress mentality is created. Lyle Schaller often indicated it creates the impression that the only people expected are those who have been to the church at least once before and know their way around.