Next to Personal Evangelism, Church Hospitality is arguably one of the most important ministries of the local church. So many churches fail in this ministry of kindness.
The gospel should be offensive, not your church members or a lackadaisical hospitality ministry.
Your hospitality ministry in the church is one of the most important factors in the experience of first time visitors that will influence their personal decision to come back to your church.
Five body language observations that can help your church greeters detect first-time church visitors
If your church visitors do not return and make friends with people in your congregation, your church will not grow, will not help new believers who responded to an altar call invitation to grow as a disciple, will not help new movers into your community get involved in your church with their treasures and talents, will not help evangelism contacts via your outreaches continue to seek for Christ. Find ways to be intentional your follow up on your first time church visitor.
Here are six ways to be intentional in helping your church visitor to connect.
I’ve been a church drop out twice: once while I was an associate pastor. Isn’t that funny? As I reflected on those experiences through the lens of church growth strategies and evangelism, I want to set aside the data that is out there and just share my own experience. Why do we make all the …
I asked some peers in some of my networking groups: Is there something more Church greeters can say than “Good morning?” What are some of your suggestions? Please comment on site and join the discussion. This was a response to a prior article: What do you say greeting church visitors?
The best church visitor assimilation tool is not a visitor contact card. Nor is it a complicated data system, direct mail, automated emails, or even a free gift for your church visitors from the beautiful welcome center. Those things help, but they are not the most powerful assimilation tools. The best tool is ....
If you were the first time visitor in a church, would you want to be introduced publically to a group of people you didn't know, hadn't met, and may not see again?
Your own answer to that question may give you a clue as why that is a bad idea.
Don't introduce first time visitors. Introduce your church instead.
Many churches have bought into church growth technique as if hospitality technique will reinvigorate a church in transition. They search for techniques: Visitor retention rates, the "right thing to say" to church visitors: or the best church visitor assimilation process. But the right technique doesn't grow your church. Charles Spurgeon shared some thoughts on this:
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 …
Many church members, pastors and greeters have forgotten what it is like to be a church visitor. Here is a quick list of 6 hints to improve your welcome
Getting Visitor Contact information is the first step towards your visitor followup, yet many churches fail at it. Listen to this expert on the subject describe different ways and what is the best way.
I watched the story. I found myself near tears. It is the story of a church that welcomed a first time guest and made such a great "welcome home" impact that another soul was added to the kingdom of God in a matter of weeks. This is what "well done" looks like.
Someone found a spiritual home.
The ministry of church ushers plays a vital role in the hospitality and welcome ministry of the local church. Together with church greeters, parking lot volunteers, welcome center volunteers, and hospitality hosts, church ushers help the church member, visitor (guest) experience a wonderful worship service. I've made an attempt at a ministry guide for church ushers.
Churches that don't have a clear, simple and logical path for visitors to follow send out some conflicting messages! Members think they're a welcoming church, but the church guests experience something different.
The loving bonds of friendship that tie the church members together end up becoming barriers to those who'd like to elbow their way into the congregation! Read more. . . .
Make it easy for them, pastor.
A resource compilation of 38 articles related to church hospitality, church greeters and welcome ministry.
In a powerful video, a church goer describes the hospitality experience that made it a no-brainer for her to return.
This week, I had a hospitality coaching call. The client was in charge of starting a hospitality and welcome ministry in a startup storefront church. Under 20 people attend on a Sunday at the moment. How can an extra small church give a good welcome? It’s a challenge when the extra small church still has …
Our family has been the church shopper. We moved to a new city, had no friends in that city, and looked for a church where our family could give our time, talents, and treasure. We wanted a place where we could invest our lives for this new chapter of life. Here are 8 lessons I learned from making several visits over the past year before we found a church home.
Mothers Day can create awkwardness at church? How would you honor all mothers without that awkwardness?
It was Easter Sunday. We attended a traditional church in a mainline tradition. It was the traditional service, one of 3 main services on a Sunday morning. Full robes were worn by the hand bell team and the full choir. The pastor wore a suit and tie. We sang the awesome hymns of Easter accompanied …
Several months ago, a church greeter kissed my wife. Other church greeters failed to make eye contact. We startled a church greeter by asking her a simple question “Where is the middle school Sunday school class meeting?” She didn’t know the answer and we created an awkward moment.