Your Turn: What to say to latecomers to church

How to Greet Latecomers to Church

Recently, I was asked the following question via Ask The EvangelismCoach.I've posted this to the community Facebook Page, but wanted to give you all a chance to help pitch in.  I hope to do this on a more regular basis. Ask EvangelismCoach Question from Ed: "How do we greet late comers?Do we need to mention that worship service has … [Read more...]

Quick Survey to Evaluate Your Church Guest Services

This was originally posted at Group's Church Volunteer CentralOn a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being “This needs definite work”… 5 being “We rock at this”) rate your churches greeting and guest services practices:Our traffic volunteers or shuttle drivers have been coached to know that they are the first representatives of our church and as such … [Read more...]

Identify Your Church Hospitality Blind Spots

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Sometimes, we simply grow blind to the obvious.Junk gathers in rooms.Church Bulletins from prior weeks are left laying around.Lost and found items keep gathering in a corner.Bulletin boards get out of date.Toilet handles need jiggling.Window sills accumulate dust.In churches, we simply get used to the way things … [Read more...]

6 Goals of a Church Greeter

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Every Sunday, I see commentary on Twitter about:Joy at serving as a church greeter. Complaints about experiences with rude church greeters. Sarcasm aimed at unprepared greeters at church. Nervous greeters announcing how nervous they are. Comments that are generally inappropriate for church greeters to make.For example, some recent … [Read more...]

Top 10 Church Greeter Guidelines

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A church greeter is one of the simplest yet most important positions in the church.Your  goal is toshare a kind word, open a door, offer a handshake or just lend a helping hand to people as they enter the church.But to pull off an effective welcome consistently, you might want to develop some church greeter guidelines that you … [Read more...]

Break the Barriers Hospitality Training on DVD

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You’ve worked so hard to attract church visitors. . . . .You passionately desire to reach these newcomers for Christ.You know that Jesus can make a difference in their life.Perhaps you’ve spent money on advertising like a direct mail campaign or business cards members give away. You’ve designed sermon series to hopefully entice a second … [Read more...]

4 ways to pray for your church’s hospitality ministry

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The problem that many of our churches face is that church visitors do not come back for the second or third time.Churches need to get the core values of church hospitality:Visitors are a gift from God. We have the privilege of influencing their journey to faith. We can lead them to Christ. We can help them find a place to … [Read more...]

25 Factors That Shape Visitor Perceptions About Church

25 Factors that Influence Church Visitors

Today's Guest Article is from Steve Fogg: Clear and Simple.He is a blogger from Australia, focused on communications and PR for churches.  I first found Steve through a Blog Carnival on OurChurch.comWhile I'm away on vacation, there will be a few guests posts this week.This list is an awesome compilation of factors that you can address … [Read more...]

How to Say the Welcome Greeting at a church

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Imagine that you are a lay person in your congregation (many of you are).Your pastor calls you on Thursday and says We are preparing the church bulletin.Would you like to be our liturgist and give the welcome speech on Sunday?Would you like to be person who says "Welcome to our church." Your heart races, the mouth goes dry.  You … [Read more...]

Guest Article: Seeing Your Church through the Eyes of a Church Visitor

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Today's guest article about being a church visitor comes from Fran, who is currently visiting churches after many years with one church of one brand.Here are her observations after visiting.  Reposted with permission. … [Read more...]