I was raised a Catholic. I went to Catholic school and of course when I was younger went to church every Sunday because of that Catholic Guilt engrained in me by the sisters and priests. LOL But when I got older I actually enjoyed and looked forward to going to church because I found the right one for me. I'll be the first to admit I don't necessarily agree with all of the church's policies or actions. But I do feel people need some type of moral guidance or everything just goes nuts.
I don't really care what religion helps you find that moral compass. But I do think for the most part being part of some religious community does provide folks a sense of values. And speaking of which, apparently there is a company that is putting a monetary value on going to church. I know, I know. I was thrown back by this concept as well. But before you get offended or form an opinion, I encourage you to read more about this company below. Then let me know your thoughts about it. Sound fair?
Faith Perceptions – What is it?
Faith Perceptions was started in 2007 by a group of research and marketing experts (Hendrickson Business Advisors) who thought it would be a good idea to use business solutions to solve church issues. That idea turned into their Mystery Guest Program, which you can pretty much say is a mystery shopping company for churches which gives church leaders the scoop on what first time visitors think and feel about the overall church service. Feedback from the mystery guest is used to help churches grow and prosper. Faith Perceptions is quickly growing throughout the US. At the time of this review the Faith Perceptions BBB rating is A+.
How does Faith Perceptions work?
Well, the Mystery Guest Program needs members to simply visit a church and attend a normal service. Evaluate the service. Provide feedback on your total experience. And get paid for your participation. To break it on down for you … let's get to the nitty gritty of it lol:
- Fill out a free application on the Faith Perceptions website. Basic info is needed since it is a market research based program.
- Your completed application will be reviewed for consideration by the Faith Perceptions support personnel.
- You will receive a confirmation email about the status of your application roughly within 1-2 business days (give or take a day or so)
- Your application will either be approved or denied. In either case email notification will be sent
- If approved, you will decide which churches you want to visit by signing up for service dates and times that work best with your schedule.
- Visiting just any church will not work. Only churches that have hired Faith Perceptions are in the program to be visited.
- Depending on where you are, you may visit a church very near you or you can choose to travel to a church further away. The choice is up to you since you are the one to choose churches from the database listing. Keep in mind that there may not be available churches in all areas.
- If you choose to travel some distance, you may be approved for travel expense reimbursement (if you qualify) but you would have to email Faith Perceptions BEFORE your visit. If you wait until afterwards no travel expense reimbursement will be granted.
- Once your church service visit has been successfully made, you will be required to survey/evaluate your experience.
- If your survey has been filled out completely and approved, and all payment requirements have been made you will receive a payment for each church visit.
How and when does Faith Perceptions pay?
Payment is made to Mystery Guest members in the form of a $45 check for each completed church visit. The following 3 requirements must be met in order for the member to receive a $45 payment:
- Completed and approved church visit survey.
- A church bulletin or program from each visit.
- Your completed W9 on file (filled out during initial sign-up application process)
Faith Perceptions typically processes mystery guest payments on the 15th and last day of the month. Checks are mailed to the address you have listed in the database on the day the payments are processed, so make sure Faith Perceptions is notified if your contact information changes. If payment date falls on a Saturday, payments will process on Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, payment processing will take place on the following business day (which is usually Monday, unless it falls on a federal holiday).
Faith Perceptions Complaints:
We need more church in our lives…
Although the Faith Perceptions mystery guest program is quickly growing across the US, there's still not enough participating churches in certain locations. Demographics are slow to cover a wider area. The program is not yet in all states which makes it difficult for some guest members to stay in their hometowns and visit churches locally.
I don't wanna give up my digits
Most of us are skeptical and uneasy about putting our social security # out there on the “inter web”. The Faith Perceptions mystery guest program sign-up application requires a social security number initially, before the application is even approved. Potential members frown on this because they would rather wait and would feel a little more at ease about giving up their SS digits once they know their sign-up application has been approved. I've seen some companies wait until you reach a certain amount of money before requesting it. So that would be my preference as well. But again this doesn't seem to be a fly by night company trying to steal your identity.
PayPal, Dwolla or other similar pay options would be good to have as pay options. But guess what? Faith Perceptions only offers a mailed check as it's payment method. Bummer! Having to wait for a check to come can seem like an eternity. It's my money and I want it now, or at least much sooner than a mailed check!
Some church services are too long! Most church goers appreciate a nice, meaningful service that doesn't drag on for an eternity. When your eyes start to become heavy and you're yawning all over the place with your head nodding off to the left, to the left, to the left LOL it's time to go! However, as a mystery guest member you are required to remain in service until the end. So you may want to bring along some potent cinnamon candy or mints to pop in your mouth when you feel that drowsiness trying to set in because there's no early exiting allowed.
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Folks wonder if the Faith Perceptions mystery guest program is just a way of trying to commercialize church or buy new believers. But according to Faith Perceptions, their mission is to genuinely help church leaders gather reliable information to be used to create a better experience for new church members. No commercials, no sales.
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Is Faith Perceptions a Scam or Legitimate?
Members are being paid, enjoying the program, and some have been mystery guests for a year or more so I'd have to say nah, no scam here. Faith Perceptions has a legitimate “thang” going on.
But do you “feel some type of way” about profiting financially for going to church? I'd love to hear your thoughts. I was a little torn at first but it seems like this is just a way to make the church officials aware of the things they can do to improve their services to bring more people into worship. But I don't know. You tell me by leaving your comment down below.
Thanks for reading. Until next time,
Eddy with a y