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We will not forget THAT church greeter


It was our third visit to a local church in the last 102 weeks.

We love visiting that church when we are in that city.  In fact, whenever we go, we try to invite a friend to that church.

Even through we have not ever experienced followup from filling out their visitor contact card, we haven’t let that stop us from visiting.

But this visit produced a moment of social awkwardness with an overly enthusiastic greeter.

As we approached the front door, the church greeter raised her hands in joy (she was REALLY happy to be  serving).

She then grabbed my wife’s head and planted a big ol’ kiss on the cheek.

This was then followed up with a somewhat loud declaration: “It’s so great to be with God’s people today.”

That was wierd, and completely unexpected.  It won’t drive us away, but that greeter was a little over the top.

Lessons learned for your Church Greeter ministry

1.  Not everyone loves a hug or a kiss.

We attend many different churches in various cultures because I am in an international ministry.  In several hispanic churches that I have visited, an air kiss on the cheek happens only after parties have been introduced to each other.  It is an awkard moment when that happens before you are introduced.

In many North American churches, the air kiss between strangers doesn’t happen when people first meet.

But besides local customs, the invasion of personal space that happens can be an unintentional barrier that your greeter creates with your guest.

Other things in your service will need to overcome that awkwardness, or that may be the only thing that visitor remembers.

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Nothing quite ruins my Sunday church experience like the 65 year old greeter who tries to mouth kiss me every time I go.

2.  Train your greeters to set aside their preferences.

If your greeter volunteers object with “I’m a hugger” or “I’m a kisser,” have them set aside their personal preferences for the comfort of your guests.

My wife once hugged a pre-teen boy when greeting.  As soon as she embraced him, she felt him tense up.  She learned from that lesson that not every one wants a hug, a kiss, or even a handshake.

Greeters don’t need to accidentally violate that person’s sense of personal space because of who they themselves are.

Set aside your personal preferences for a more normal greeting that is custom to where your church is.

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Sample Church Greeter Tips

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  • What are the duties of a church greeter? What needs to go into a church greeter training meeting?

Training for Church Greeters

How do you develop and train a team of greeters at church?

Do you have greeters in the church who don’t really know what to do?

Were they a warm recruit to fill a spot?

Or someone with the gifts to step in and do the job?

What do you use for church greeter training?

What Church Greeter tips can you share with your new recruits?

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Church Greeter Case Study: An Unexpected Visitor

How can you prepare your church greeters for an unexpected visitor with a therapeautic dog?

Rev. Susan and I talk about an experience of the unexpected that occurred during a church visit.

She took a therapeutic dog to church and experienced different kinds of reactions to the presence of a dog.

  • From the pastor
  • From a church elder
  • From members of the church.

Watch this church greeter video case study and then add your comments to the field below.

Listen particularly to Susan’s point around the 4 minute mark about small talk for Church Greeters

How can you prepare your church greeters for a situation like this?

In the comments below, how can you prepare your church greeters for surprise situations?

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