The last two posts (part I and part II) shared common practices on welcoming visitors to church.
Here are 20 blunders I’ve seen churches make in greeting visitors to church.
Feel free to add your own in the mix (use the comments below).
- No One Said Hello.
- Bad breath.
- 20 question doctrinal exam to make sure you are acceptable.
- Survey family history and marital status and background check.
- No follow-up contact.
- Stale snacks / donuts / cookies.
- Bad coffee.
- Too friendly – smothering and not respecting boundaries.
- Body odor.
- No eye contact. Or eye contact and weak smile, but no hello.
- Apathy in making a greeting. Whatever.
- Limp handshake and a weak hello.
- Too much enthusiasm.
- “Is this your first time here?”
- Hugs to strangers.
- Swarming on visitors all at once, like flies on fresh meat.
- Unclean bathrooms.
- Unsafe Nursery.
- Thinking hospitality is evangelism.
- Rude staring at hairstyle, body piercings, or choice of clothes (See How Not to Welcome A Visitor about the Secret Dress Code).
Let me ask you this?
What would you add to this list?
Think about times when you were a visitor once and what shaped a bad impression of a congregation.
Add your thoughts in the comments below — simply keep church names out of your post.
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being too clinical, to distracted or all over the show. if they are young – being overly playful or not focused. how they present themselves – limp, too lax and not at attention ready to serve.
Sincere greeters, not pushy but rather joyful. Leaders that don’t order the people around, like ‘stand up and greet people now’, sit down stand up, say yeah God, say this say that. We the ‘common’ people feel like pretty stupid to be treated like puppets.