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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