Churches that have a clear follow up plan for first time church visitors know that their follow up all starts with inviting your first time guests to fill out a church connection card.
Church Hospitality Ministry Archive
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. I've collected nearly 100 of these articles in a download resource for sale. Visit How To Welcome Church Visitors for information about this ebook
I watched the story. I found myself near tears.
I saw the story of a church that welcomed a guest for the first time and made such a great “welcome home” impact that another soul was added to the kingdom of God in a matter of weeks.
Someone found a spiritual home. [Read more…]
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.
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.
Church ushers are a significant part of church hospitality system and fulfill specific duties to accomplish that role.
I’ve made an attempt at a ministry guide for church ushers.
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Your church visitor will have an invisible list in their head that they will use to evaluate your congregation. As a leader of hospitality and welcome ministry, what can you do about that list?
How can you respond or be prepared?
How I re-discovered the list
Our family has begun once again to visit local churches. For the last two years, we found a spiritual home in a new church development for Spanish speaking immigrants. But the tough decision has been made to close.
Thus, we are once again looking for a church, a spiritual home, a place where we can give our life away in the kingdom of God.
As we have had to church shop two times in two years, I discovered that we have a list of what we want in a new church family.
Our list the filter we bring to in our quest to find a church where we will give our life away, where we will give our tithe, find a community of care, and where we will serve with volunteer hours. We’ve visited the same one for three Sundays now and realize that list is shaping what we experience.