In just a few weeks, most churches will kick off their fall season and make new efforts at
- welcoming visitors to their church,
- greeting newcomers and members, and
- initiating new programs.
I just finished listening to Bill Tenny-Brittian’s podcast on Preparing for the Fall, where he walks you through a great inventory that you can take of your church’s hospitality.
Bill tells an awesome story of a greeter he met on a Sunday he wasn’t expecting to go to that church.
It was an accidental visit, but it was a church greeter he remembers.
Here in late August, make a quick run through and see what you can do to:
- Review your church greeters
- Review your bulletin/program
- Review your signage
- Are your bathrooms clean?
- Are your nurseries clean?
I have written an church hospitality ebook that can help you do these things. Read this testimony:
We are passing your How to Welcome Church Visitors book around the Session, the Elders are reading it. I encouraged them to make notes in the margin as to their thoughts, ideas, responses, etc.
I, however, found it to be very helpful.
Probably the best overall thing was a sense of encouragement, that there are things we can do.
After you pray and think and pray and think for years, you find yourself going around in the same little circle and it was nice to get out of that circle.
The book helped me to look at our little church (26 active members!) in a fresh way.
Some of the realizations were “duh!” – but still, good to bring to front and center.
Sometimes you just quit noticing things because you see them all the time; they don’t register any more.
For example, somehow the guys in charge of keeping things fixed at the church just didn’t know that the toilet seat in the women’s bathroom was cracked; had been cracked for a long time.
They told me that that’s the kind of thing they definitely needed to be told about, wouldn’t discover it on their own!!
The seat has been replaced!!
Take a few moments to prepare your building and facility for the busy fall, no matter what programs or outreach you are planning.
I bet you’ll get great ideas listening to the podcast, or reading my book at in the EvangelismCoach Store.
Check out the Top 30 posts on hospitality link as well.