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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Greg Atkinson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Greg Atkinson, often where they are interviewed.

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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Greg Atkinson. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Greg Atkinson, often where they are interviewed.

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EP072: Greg Atkinson: Physical Church, Church Online, & Why Toothpaste Won't Go Back in the Tube

The Church Digital Podcast
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If there's a lesson the church needs to learn in this Global Pandemic: Physical Church & Church Online need to learn to play together nicely. In the pre-COVID season of our life (that was merely two months ago) Physical Church was king of the hill, leaving Church Online as the red-headed stepchild. In the midst of COVID, Church Online is the only game in town as the Physical Church doors are literally locked, and let's be real... no one knows what's coming next.

What we do know is there's digital fatigue, which is understandable. We, humans of 2020, are both physical and digital people, and we need to exist physically as well as digitally. We're using our proverbial digital passport daily... Zoom calls, Netflix... but we're showing fatigue not because we're annoyed with digital, but because there's no physical in our lives.

This is the conversation we're having with Greg Atkinson. Greg was one of the early pioneers of Church Online, and a guy who has seen his share of changes within the church. A man who's literal job is to help churches do physical church better, but also being one of the earliest supporters of the Church Online movement, Greg provides a unique perspective of how physical and digital need each other in order to survive post-COVID.



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May 14 2020

1hr 2mins


Digital First Impressions and Reopening your Physical Church Building w/ Greg Atkinson, Ep. 122

The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast | Church Communications, Marketing, and Social Media
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THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan RansonChurch Communications | Marketing | Social Media

As some churches consider reopening their buildings for services, we still have to think through safety and process along with keeping a strong guest first impressions presence alive for your live stream. First impressions expert Greg Atkinson stops by to give us some of his thoughts and wisdom on this episode!


Book: Secrets of a Secret ShopperBlog: 10 questions to ask your congregation before you reopenWorship ImpressionsGreg OnlineGreg on Twitter

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May 11 2020



Kids Ministry Collective #107 - Before You Open the Building- with Greg Atkinson

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Join KMC hosts, Tom and Ron as they spend about 35 minutes with Greg discussing what Kid’s Ministry looks like as church’s begin to reopen after the quarantine brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Greg Atkinson is the Founder of Worship Impressions and the First Impressions Conference. Greg is an author, leadership coach, consultant, and member of the Forbes Coaching Council. Greg has worked with churches of all stages and sizes, including some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country, as well as with businesses, non-profits, and organizations such as Josh McDowell Ministries. Stay connected to Greg and his work here:

Some of the discussion points you will hear:

  •       Is your Kid’s Ministry clean, safe, and secure?
  •       What are some questions church leaders need to ask themselves when considering opening the church building?
  •       What will ‘First Impressions’ look like for Kid’s Ministry once churches reopen?
  •       What is something we need to get right the first time as we reopen?
  •       What is the future of the check-in process?
  •       What is the recommended capacity once we reopen?
  •       All this and more as Greg shares lots of great wisdom throughout the conversation.

Check out Greg’s 10 questions you can ask your congregation as you get close to reopening, as well as a list of great resources to help you make decisions as you get closer to opening your church doors. 

 If you're church needs help or you're a Senior Pastor who would like some help making messages Kid friendly let us know we are here to help you. 

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May 10 2020



The Importance of First Impressions For Church Visitors w\ Greg Atkinson

Leadership Conversations
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Josh & Casey interview special guest Greg Atkinson about the importance for church leaders to consider the first impressions their church is making on visitors. Learn more about Greg at

May 15 2018



CNLP 185: Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before
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Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast after a very popular first interview about how most churches lose guests within the first ten minutes of a visit. In case you missed it, check out Episode...

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Mar 27 2018

1hr 12mins


CNLP 185 | Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
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The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business.

Mar 27 2018

1hr 12mins



The Young Church Leaders Podcast With Grant Vissers
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Greg Atkinson has been in ministry for over two decades and has been writing, speaking, and training leaders around the world since 2000.

In 2003 Greg launched a website geared to encourage, network, resource, and equip Christian pastors, media ministers, artists and worship leaders – after having served the previous 11 years as a worship pastor himself in the Carolinas and Washington DC. He currently works with which seeks to encourage and provide healing for pastors who have burned out and left ministry. also seeks to create health for pastors currently serving the local church in an attempt to prevent pastors from becoming ExPastors.

In this episode, we talk about self-awareness, brokenness, redemption and God’s incredible ability and habit of using broken people for further His Kingdom.

Welcome to episode 20 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!

Jan 25 2018



195 - The First Impressions Checklist with Greg Atkinson

Pro Church Tools with Brady Shearer
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Read more - Most people will look at your website before visiting your church. Greg talks about how to make a great first impression.

What's In This Session?

  • What makes a church website so important? (6:38)
  • Improving your website’s SEO (search engine optimization) (13:43)
  • The most important button on your church’s website (18:55)
  • Checklist for your website’s ‘I’m New’ page (19:00)
  • Allowing for kids pre-registration on your church’s website (23:53)
  • The importance of setting expectations (28:52)
  • Pro tips & tricks for church websites (34:16)

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3 Instant Takeaways

  1. Have a single call to action. It's important that your congregation always knows where to find the next step. A great way to ensure this is to always point them to the same place, such as a website. Whether they're filling out a connect card, signing up for classes, or submitting a prayer request - have it hosted in a single place so that it's always easy for them to find.
  2. When creating an 'I'm New' page, don't assume anything. You'll want to create this page as though the person reading it knows nothing about who you are. You'll want to have the street address, your service times, and some discussion on what to expect.
  3. If everything is important then nothing is. By giving stage time and announcing everything, you actually diminish the importance of everything. The reason for this is that the people listening are only able to retain and remember a small amount of information. If you give them too much to try to remember and they'll end up forgetting everything you've said.

Find the full transcript for this session of the Pro Church Podcast at

Dec 26 2017



A Conversation with Greg Atkinson of about Social Media Secrets from A Secret Shopper: Podcast 232

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What is a secret shopper’s job in the field of ministry? How can this improve a church’s overall effectiveness in ministering their communities?

In this episode,  author of Secrets of a Secret Shopper, Greg Atkinson, provides us with practical wisdom on how to maximize your church’s online resources, ways to attract newcomers to your congregation and helpful advice in dealing with ministerial burnout.

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #SMCPodcast.

Show Notes:

Greg Atkinson


Greg Atkinson Website

Ex-Pastors Website

Full Strength Website

Secrets of a Secret Shopper

Fusion by Nelson Searcy

Louie Giglio

Josh Dowell

Phil Bowdle

Pete Scazzero

Central Christian Church

Cross Point Church

Passion City Church

Gwinnett Church

Westridge Church

Oct 24 2017



CNLP 132: Greg Atkinson on The Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper: What People Are Looking for When They Come to Your Church

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before
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Would you ever send a secret worshipper to your church service? What do you think they’d find? We’re talking to Greg Atkinson who is a secret worshipper to large churches all around the U.S., and...

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Mar 21 2017

1hr 8mins