From Justin Heibert:
Being a visitor implies that you know nothing and have come to learn.
Being a guest implies that you can bring a mutually beneficial role to the relationship.
The more I think about it, the more I see how striking the difference becomes. We want people to join our community, to be a part of us, to experience faith and new life in Jesus. For a visitor, this road can be both difficult and scary. They’ve already been told that they don’t belong, so the incentive is for them to keep coming back until they do.
But for a guest, they already belong, in some sense they’ve been invited to join in and participate. Guests are welcomed warmly, like family coming together during the holidays.