I would love for you to have success in church greeter recruiting and for you to have more volunteers for church greeters ministry than spaces you could fill.
However, I’m not sure there are churches where people fight to be volunteer church greeters.
If you find yourself struggling to recruit volunteers for your greeting ministry, here are 3 barriers you might face, followed by 4 ways to overcome those barriers.
1. Your volunteer has a fear.
Fear is one common barrier to getting volunteers for your greeting ministry.
Your potential volunteer may fear a life time of service in that same role. They see other people who have been in the same volunteer position for 5 years.
Your candidate might fear that they may not like the role.
They may fear that they are not extroverted enough to make small talk with your church visitors.
Perhaps they fear that they don’t know what to say to visitors other than “Good morning.”
Check out these tweets:
- Looking forward to Christmas Eve service at Church tomorrow. I even get to help out at one of the services (little nervous) as a greeter.
- I’m going to be a greeter for the first time at church today. A little nervous, hope it goes smooth.
- Greeting people at church gives me SO much anxiety.
2. Lack of experience.
Some of your greeters have no problem smiling at people or making small talk with your visitors and guests. They may have a more outgoing personality. Some may have been in church for enough time to know and understand the role of church greeter without much of an experience issue.
However, if you are making new disciples through active evangelism, you may have several people who have not served in the ministry of greeting before.
This is true in our current church. Our volunteer base lacks previous experience in this ministry. So we face questions that may appear simple:
- What do I wear?
- What do I say?
- What time do I show up?
- How can I do my best?
- How can I best represent my church in what I do?
3. I don’t see the point.
Your volunteers want to know how their work will actually make a difference.
If they can’t see the value of greeting ministry, then their service might be deemed pointless.
Solutions to Church Greeter Recruitment Barriers:
Some greeters will be easy to recruit. They get the vision of hospitality ministry, they might have the personality to engage visitors well, and they might have enough church experience to not be intimidated by this form of service.
But here are three ways you can increase your recruitment of greeter volunteers by addressing these barriers.
1. Have a Regular Vision Meeting.
Gather your volunteers 2-3 times a year to recast the vision of an awesome welcome experience. Use this meeting as an on-ramp for new greeter volunteers, church usher volunteers or potential members of your hospitality committee for the upcoming year.
These gatherings can help minimize the potential nervousness or fear that your new volunteers might have. You can review your requirements and expectations.
It can also be an occasion to celebrate what God has done in your church as the fruit of your hospitality experience. Cast the vision for what volunteering as a church greeter can do for them. It can be a fun experience.
Check out these tweets from greeters who are blessed:
- It’s hard not to smile walking in the door to my church. Friendliest greeters ever!
- I’m really excited to be volunteering at church tomorrow even if I’m just a greeter.
- Days like these I so look forward to church in the morning. Just to be around good, friendly people and lift my spirits!
- Seriously, my church has the best greeter ever.
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2. Give potential greeters a “Try it once” option.
In your church greeter recruiting, you can always give the Try it Once option as a safe on-ramp.
The key to this is to follow-up with your volunteer to review their experience and address any concerns that may come out of that review.
3. Remind Greeters of their importance.
Your greeters regularly need to hear how important their ministry is. Find ways to tell stories of meaningful impact that their service created.
Perhaps you have a new comer to your church that has been attending several weeks. After the fourth sermon, they have made a decision to follow Jesus. Your church has made an eternal impact in the life of that person. You listen to their story and discover that part of why they kept coming back was one of the following
- This church felt safe.
- The people welcomed me.
- So and so kept saying hello.
- This person prayed with me during the reception about my need.
Those are all testimonies to the power of awesome hospitality ministry. Your church greeters need to hear and celebrate these stories to build momentum for your church greeter recruiting.
4. Use email to communicate short reminders.
If you use email to remind people of upcoming events or their upcoming Sunday to serve, include a tip for improving their greeting.
For example, you could:
- Send them this video to give them an idea about their visitor
- Share this 10 Tips for a Church Greeter Video
- Send this an example of what not to do
- Or remind them of their impact
You could lift up a particular value of your greeter ministry such as
- We greet everyone.
- No visitor shall experience a rude greeter.
- Every visitor and member shall be able to experience the love of God in our ministry today.
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