It’s church hospitality week.
It’s the beginning of 2011.
People are making new years resolutions to start growing spiritually and are checking out churches to connect with.
Are you prepared for them?
I want to give you 5 areas to consider improving your welcome for your first time visitors.
1. Trained Greeters
Greeters can provide a warm handshake, helpful information and walk guest to classes or the sanctuary if needed. Greeting is more than just a hello. It is a first impression. I’ve got some free church greeter training videos here.
2. Cast a Hospitality Vision
Being friendly to your church visitor means that the church family is listening, inviting, encouraging, and caring. Help them get that vision for hospitality by casting it when you can in sermons, meetings, and Sunday school classes.
Church Visitors should be greeted by someone around them, not just the greeter at the door.
3. Welcome Packet.
Prepare Welcome Packets for your guest.
Read How to Prepare a welcome packet, perpetually one of the 10 ten articles on this website for the last 3 years.
Include current information on upcoming programs and an invitation to meet with the pastor.
4. Have a reception after the service.
Have a coffee/snack reception after the service. This allows time for conversations with your church visitors to occur, for prayer to happen, and for your guests to meet with the pastors.
5. Post visit Welcome Letter
Assuming you got church visitor contact information during the worship service, you’ll want to send them a nice follow up letter.
Be sure to include an invitation to return to the next worship service, as well as some upcoming event or service.
Don’t bother with “we are here to serve you, if you need anything.”
Instead, invite them to join you on a mission or upcoming event. For example, “We believe in serving our neighborhood and being the best church for the community. This month on [date] we’re going to serve the homeless and invite you to join us on that mission.”