What are you more interested in: what an organization or business says about itself, or what other people feel and say about that organization or business? “Local search” tools such as Yelp and Google Places give you access to helpful reviews and local knowledge eliminating much of the guess work of finding good places to go.


They works great for restaurants, bars, and entertainment, but have you thought about using the same tool to help people find a church? By providing your honest feedback (it doesn’t have to be 5 stars) about your church via a review on yelp or google places, you’ll be making it easier for people who are looking for a church to find and connect with your community.

Reviews on Yelp

Step 1: Go to yelp.com and search for “New City Church” in “Phoenix, AZ.”

Step 2: If you have an account, login to yelp, if not you should see a prompt to “Sign Up.” It’s super easy.

Step 3: Click the yellow and red button “Write a Review.”



Step 4: Roll over stars, then click on desired number to rate. Not sure how many starts to pick? Scroll down to view Google’s explanation of star ratings.


Step 5: Add your review (again be honest and think of what you would have liked to have known when you were looking for a church) then click post.

Reviews on Google Places

Step 1: Search for “New City Church Phoenix” in Google and click on the New City logo associated with Google’s places page.


Step 2: Once on the places page, look for the gold stars indicating New City’s average rating and then hover over the grey stars and select to indicate your rating. Note: If you are not already logged into google it will prompt you to do so upon hover. If you don’t have an account with google, no problem, you can use any email to set one up.


Below is what Google uses to describe it’s different ratings


Step 3: Add a short comment or tip that you would have found helpful your first time.

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If you have a smart phone, be sure to download the mobile app’s for Yelp (iPhone,Android) and Google Places (iPhone, Android includes this in Maps app).  The next time you’re looking for a place to eat after church, do a quick search for nearby restaurants and invite some people to join you.