For churches that have considered and want to implement using name tags, today’s post gives you some thoughts about how to make and use name tags in church.
1. Preprint church name tags for your regular attendees
One church set up two large registration areas.
One has pre-printed tags for regular attendees and blank name tags for first-time guests. To get a name tag, each guest completes a registration information card.
The next week, those guests have pre-printed name tags waiting for them.
Another area has pre-printed name tags for staff and core volunteers such as the prayer team or ushers.
First time guests are somewhat easy to identify because their name tags are handwritten. This can help your ushers and greeters connect them with more information and resources about the church.
Yet, this “obvious” distinction may have an unintended consequence of showing a visitor that they are yet “different” as the name tag is not like the others. You know your local culture to be able to discern how people might feel about this.
2. Handwritten name tags every Sunday
Another church has a stack of labels every Sunday.
All members and visitors fill one out as part of their “culture.”
All are handwritten, avoiding some of the concerns of the pre-printed ones
This takes administrative burden off the staff, but requires that your regular members understand the reason for doing this every week.
One church shared with me they pre-print a theme logo, plus the branding of the church with its phone number, name, and website. Sometimes they will use an image for a special event that week, like a Baptism, or communion.
3. Distribution of name tags
Churches need to design a system that works for them.
Some will have a board of some kind near entrances where members can obtain their name badge and return it when the service is over.
Visitor centers or guest information booths will have greeters staffed to provide name tags for visitors.
4. Recollecting name tags
Some may have one central area near the entrance, and make announcements in the bulletin about how to return the name tag.
Inevitably, some will get ripped, accidentally taken home and put through the wash, or just somehow lost.
Part of your ongoing maintenance of a name tag initiative is replacing lost ones, torn ones, or overly doodled name tags.
I’m familiar with churches where about every quarter, leadership reminds people of the reason behind the name tags and that begins a new wave of organizing, using, and distributing.
Let me ask you this?
- What style of name tag do you use that you have found effective?
- How do you distribute them?
- How do you recollect them?
- How do you maintain them?
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