As you plan for this year's celebration of Mother's Day at your church, here are 7 things you can do to prepare your church beforehand.
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.
Your church can make an eternal difference in the life of your Christmas first-time visitors -- if you can help them come back on a regular basis.
Make a great first impression.
What does it take to lead a volunteer ministry team in the area of church hospitality?
What makes for a great leader of a church hospitality team?
Or, what makes a great leader of the church greeter team?
Are you a new leader in your church’s hospitality or welcome ministry?
This on-demand class will help you get started in preparing for the upcoming season of welcome.
Four areas for leadership teams to pray for your church hospitality work of the ministry.
You can easily spend 30 minutes a week in prayer as part of improving your welcome ministry.
Churches of all size know the importance of your greeter volunteers. This might include the ushers, parking hosts, and connection center teams.
If you are a new church greeter, check out these ten quick tips to help you serve well your first day.
On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being “This needs definite work”… 5 being “We rock at this”) rate your church's greeting and guest services practices:
If you were the first time visitor in a church, would you want to be introduced publicly 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.
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
Healthy churches know that every church visitor is a gift from God.
But many churches do not have a well-designed visitor follow-up process that helps turn visitors into fully committed members.
Plan your church visitor follow-up strategy well.
If it was easy for me to drop out the back door of the local church, what can you do to help close that door? Here are 4 simple strategy steps
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 ....
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:
Take the time prepare your welcome greetings for your church visitors.
Make your church welcome greeting sound normal and personal with these 5 tips to shape your preparation.
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.
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.