One task of any church greeter organizer is to recruit new greeters.
I found the following fictional conversation:
Pastor: “Hey, we need someone for the ‘front lines’ of Sunday church services. Would you be willing to greet people at the door?”
You: “Umm. Sure! I like people and I’m willing to stand there and say hello. But what’s the purpose?”
Pastor: “To make people feel comfortable and welcome. In particular, first time visitors or guests to the church.”
You: “You need someone to do that?”
Pastor: “Yes, we need someone who is willing to reach out and say hello, welcome people, and help them feel comfortable. Maybe even help them if they have questions or need to know where to go.”
You: “Why do you need someone to welcome people at church? Aren’t they welcome?”
Pastor: “Of course. That’s why we need someone to show it.”
You: “Aaah. So, without a ‘church greeter’ visitors wouldn’t be able to tell that they are welcome or comfortable and I’m going to help with that. Got it. Wait… why does our church seem so uncomfortable, and unwelcoming that we have to ask someone to do that?”
Pastor: “It’s not unwelcoming, we have free coffee and donuts. It’s perfectly welcoming and it’s not uncomfortable, we have stadium seating. The chairs are brand new. It’s just that people in our congregation aren’t comfortable talking to people they don’t know. That’s why we need someone to greet them.”
You: “So I’m just doing this because our congregation, which views Sunday as an opportunity for community, doesn’t want to talk to strangers?”
THINK ABOUT IT.
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