- Were recently appointed as leader of your hospitality ministry
- Want to reorganize a stale welcome ministry
- Re-launch your hospitality ministry for the next season of growth.
you may not know where to begin.
you may not know where to begin.
A common question I receive is
What are some duties of the church hospitality team or committee?
I’ve put together a list of potential hospitality duties for your committee.
Your team might want to consider these as focus areas as you work on your church hospitality program.
Here as 2012 ends and we step into 2013, a common question appearing in my search results deals with
What does the church hospitality committee do?
I’ve spoken with several committees over the last few years in my coaching phone calls about their church hospitality program.
A common thread in these conversations is
Where do we start with our church hospitality program?
You don’t want to re-create the wheel.
You do not want to lose focus as your hospitality committee gets going, either for the first time, or the first time in a long time.
In my reasoning, the purpose of the hospitality committee in church is
to take responsibility for welcome and receiving
of your church visitors coming for the first time,
as well as your current church members.
I’ve seen other churches include the following under their hospitality committee:
This may make your committee’s work too big.
You’ll need to decide the scope of the committee, but these are general areas.
For my purposes, I usually recommend the following area of committee responsibilities:
On the assumption that the church hospitality committee focuses on the welcome and hospitality experience, the team should be involved in developing the working parts of the hospitality ministry.
If you are starting a new church hospitality committee, or restarting one that has been neglected, the most common question is
Where do we start?
I have coached several church hospitality teams that are in this same arena.
You can start in any of the above areas or pick one of these areas:
I offer several items to help you with developing your church hospitality committee
Start with this tutorial on church hospitality.
Over at the EvangelismCoach.org store, I have several products for immediate download or on DVD that you might find helpful:
I have a simple training package of six phone calls with you as the leader of your church hospitality program.
It’s called the “Get Started Coaching Program for Hospitality Leaders.”
What are the primary areas of focus for your church hospitality committee?
Today is part two of a series on four substitutes for Evangelism.
This may sound funny coming from me, because I write so much on this topic (and even sell two ebooks). But as I’ve consulted with churches, I run into this substitute regularly.
In many churches, we have substituted evangelism for the nicety of saying “Hello” at a church on Sunday and we call that evangelism.
Many churches have an “Evangelism Committee” that is focused on the church coffee hour and assimilation of newcomers.
Some committees are expanded to include church marketing efforts.
(By the way, What does an Evangelism Committee do?)
Your hospitality ministries support the evangelistic work of the church, but it is not evangelism.
Rather, your hospitality creates the space where evangelism can occur, much like Starbucks has created the third space for life conversations to occur.
Read more about how I define evangelism
I define church hospitality as
Taking the initiative to welcome others and
inviting others to share in our community life.
This extends beyond our group gatherings for worship but a welcome in:
This definition is much broader than evangelism.
It speaks to
In my ebook on hospitality (How to Welcome Church Visitors) I write:
Evangelism seeks conversion and repentance and deals with salvation and faith.
Hospitality seeks a repeat visit and to help the person connect to the fellowship.
The focus of evangelism is a changed life, while the focus of hospitality is to create a first impression.
These are entirely different goals. They’re mutually supportive, but they’re not a substitute one for the other.
Churches should have hospitality committees that oversee the various welcoming functions of the church, but this work is not personal evangelism.
The art of welcoming church visitors is a key component in helping a church fulfill its evangelistic partnership with its members.
Your church members should be confident that their invitees will be warmly welcomed in the midst of a group of strangers.
Your members should be so proud of the welcome that your church gives that it naturally fosters personal invitations.
A hospitality team will oversee all that: reception, greeters and tweaking the system to leave your guests feeling like that they’ve had a great visit.
Your hospitality committee should do at least a quarterly review of your church hospitality systems.
What is the actual role of your church’s evangelism committee?
How can your committee take a more active role in encouraging personal evangelism in the church?
Each week, I send out new articles to help you grow your your skills in personal evangelism. I include other articles as well on hospitality ministry, greeter ministry and refreshing your vision for church hospitality.
Are you starting a church hospitality ministry, or wondering how to start a hospitality ministry in church?
Is your church hospitality program stuck?
A few weeks ago, a church setup a Church Hospitality Coaching Session.
The pastor organized one of their leadership committees that were taking on some new areas of responsibility, particularly in the area of church hospitality.
The church was experiencing some new and fresh growth with new visitors coming.
Likewise, their current membership base was experiencing some spiritual growth leading to a personal excitement about the activity of God.
The combination of the two helped them to see that they were not yet really prepared to receive new visitors in the way they wanted to.
They felt overwhelmed and stuck.
It was a feeling of staring into the fog and not seeing much of anything clearly.
The problems appeared too big, too nebulous.
The pastor and leadership committee needed someone outside of their situation to chase some clouds away.
So, here is how we did a Church Hospitality Coaching Session for this particular church:
Sometimes, we’ve simply done teleconference via a service I have.
They call in from their own phones to a conference calling number I have and we talk simply over the phone. There was no need for computers or video cameras.
For about 1 hour, we talked about issues that were on this hospitality committee’s collective mind.
It had the give and take of a conversation.
They went through a brainstorming process to find a their own solutions.
I simply facilitated a the conversation.
Along the way, I shared some of my experiences, but generally, they were developing answers to the questions I asked.
In their process of talking out loud, they shared how they were
I’ll get on the phone with you or your team for up to an hour or so, and you can tell me what’s the most troubling about your church’s hospitality ministry.
I’ll then give some coaching or advice specific to your exact situation to help break through the logjam.
Read more here: Single Coaching Session for Church Hospitality Teams.
Read more here on the 6 week: Get Started Coaching Program for Hospitality Directors
I have spent the last 12 days on the road, giving evangelism conferences in North Carolina.
The joy of teaching this material live is watching people grab hold of the idea
that they can do evangelism in their ordinary life.
that they don’t have to be brave.
Many people come to our conferences with apprehension about evangelism — stereotypes, fears, and lots of negative emotions.
What they find is confidence.
Almost each one filled out a 3×5 card at the end with 3 measurable goals they wanted to accomplish for having attended. I was moved by some of the personal goals that people wanted to reach as a result of sitting under the teaching. People they wanted to pray for, talk with. Training steps they wanted to complete.
If people accomplish what they set out from this seminar to do — there will be changed lives. Not only for these who attended (having found greater confidence in sharing their faith), but for those who will get to move closer to the Savior because these conferees are cooperating with the Holy Spirit.
The first was co-taught with Brad Long, executive director for PRMI.
We met at a retreat center, the Community of the Cross, in Black Mountain NC. About 35-40 people attended throughout the event. I met a scholar pursuing his PhD in Evangelism, a group of people from First Scots in Charleston, and many others who blessed my life this week being with us in Black Mountain. I think we counted 5-6 different denominations from Presbyterian, Christian Reformed, Foursquare, Non-denominational, Methodist and Baptist. There may have been a few others.
We introduced some new material on pursuing our calling as witnesses, some to a more specialized calling of evangelist. This particular group had at least 6 different people in the process of going to the mission field for both short term and long term work. 4-5 Different Countries.
Some time was spent in lecture, practice, and prayer to round out a full experience. I was stretched in my leadership and the group shared with it’s teachers how they were stretched and blessed as well.
Sunday night, I was given the opportunity to bring the sermon at Capilla Cristo Redentor, a Spanish language Assembly of God. They are one of our supporting churches in our evangelism training work.
The word for the evening was on Walking to Recovery: surviving life events that turn out wrong. Using some of the Psalms for a foundation, we looked at life circumstances that are beyond our control: enemies that attack us, economy going to shambles, stressors in our life that are not of our own sinful doing. We looked at things that didnt’ turn out like we expected: the immigrant who comes to America for a better future and can’t find a job, the business owner who launched a business that failed, people who feel like “they missed it” because life didn’t turn out as planned.
Walking to Recovery for the believer was all about being aware of God’s presence in the midst of out of control circumstances. Grabing on this God’s promise that He will never leave us. Following the practice of the psalm writers of prayer and adoration.
This led to a time of deep ministry as people responded to the word and poured out their hearts in prayer, some with tears as they unloaded their burdens upon the One who could give them rest.
Monday through Wednesday was in Coastal Carolina Presbytery giving day long Fear Free Evangelism seminars in different locations, plus meeting with smaller groups over dinner for discussions of evangelism in their particular context.
About 80-85 people, nearly 50 churches represented. All were Presbyterian.
This seminar wasn’t just sharing information — it was full of practice, discussion, and prayer. The Holy Spirit touched hearts as we asked God to show us where He was calling us, as we sought to be filled with the Holy Spirit that we might be his witnesses.
The most important feedback to be me was
“You didn’t just teach us, but you ministered to us.”
“After today’s seminar, I believe that Presbyterians might be able to do evaneglism.”
Each participant was given a copy of my book: “How To Welcome Church Visitors.”
The presbytery gave me a call in December of last year and said “We’d like to have you come. Seven of our pastors heard you teach and they were wanting to bring you here to the Presbytery.”
If you would like more information about hosting such events in your presbytery or region, simply contact me to begin the discussion.
A reader recently submitted submitted a question via Ask Evangelism Coach section.
Recently my church has formed an evangelism outreach group.
The group consists of two members and myself.
I am leading the evangelism ministry but am new to this and although my drive and desire is strong…
I’m not sure where to begin or how to “train.”
I’ve done a lot of studying but want to prepare as best as I can. What are your suggestions?
I’d like to start the conversation this way.
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Welcome Church Visitors
The Bible has some examples of hospitality, both positive and negative.
Review these on your own and glean your own insight on biblical hospitality.
It will affect your church welcome practices.
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14 When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15 And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
17 But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18 So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20 Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
4 Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5 Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”
6 Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.”
8 Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. 9 Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10 And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”
11 Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ 12 Besides, she really is my sister, the daughter of my father though not of my mother; and she became my wife. 13 And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”
14 Then Abimelek brought sheep and cattle and male and female slaves and gave them to Abraham, and he returned Sarah his wife to him. 15 And Abimelek said, “My land is before you; live wherever you like.”
10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”
19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”
22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”
24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
2 The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.
18 But Edom answered:
“You may not pass through here; if you try, we will march out and attack you with the sword.”
19 The Israelites replied:
“We will go along the main road, and if we or our livestock drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to pass through on foot—nothing else.”
20 Again they answered:
“You may not pass through.”
Then Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. 21 Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them.
21 Israel sent messengers to say to Sihon king of the Amorites:
22 “Let us pass through your country. We will not turn aside into any field or vineyard, or drink water from any well. We will travel along the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.”
23 But Sihon would not let Israel pass through his territory. He mustered his entire army and marched out into the wilderness against Israel. When he reached Jahaz, he fought with Israel. 24 Israel, however, put him to the sword and took over his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, but only as far as the Ammonites, because their border was fortified. 25 Israel captured all the cities of the Amorites and occupied them, including Heshbon and all its surrounding settlements. 26 Heshbon was the city of Sihon king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab and had taken from him all his land as far as the Arnon.
27 That is why the poets say:
“Come to Heshbon and let it be rebuilt;
let Sihon’s city be restored.
28 “Fire went out from Heshbon,
a blaze from the city of Sihon.
It consumed Ar of Moab,
the citizens of Arnon’s heights.
29 Woe to you, Moab!
You are destroyed, people of Chemosh!
He has given up his sons as fugitives
and his daughters as captives
to Sihon king of the Amorites.
30 “But we have overthrown them;
Heshbon’s dominion has been destroyed all the way to Dibon.
We have demolished them as far as Nophah,
which extends to Medeba.”
31 So Israel settled in the land of the Amorites.
15 There they stopped to spend the night. They went and sat in the city square, but no one took them in for the night.
10 Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. 11 Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?”
12 David’s men turned around and went back. When they arrived, they reported every word. 13 David said to his men, “Each of you strap on your sword!” So they did, and David strapped his on as well. About four hundred men went up with David, while two hundred stayed with the supplies.
14 One of the servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. 15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a wall around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 17 Now think it over and see what you can do, because disaster is hanging over our master and his whole household. He is such a wicked man that no one can talk to him.”
18 Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19 Then she told her servants, “Go on ahead; I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.
20 As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them. 21 David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good. 22 May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!”
23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. 24 She fell at his feet and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say. 25 Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name—his name means Fool, and folly goes with him. And as for me, your servant, I did not see the men my lord sent. 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal. 27 And let this gift, which your servant has brought to my lord, be given to the men who follow you.
28 “Please forgive your servant’s presumption. The Lord your God will certainly make a lasting dynasty for my lord, because you fight the Lord’s battles, and no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live. 29 Even though someone is pursuing you to take your life, the life of my lord will be bound securely in the bundle of the living by the Lord your God, but the lives of your enemies he will hurl away as from the pocket of a sling. 30 When the Lord has fulfilled for my lord every good thing he promised concerning him and has appointed him ruler over Israel, 31 my lord will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself. And when the Lord your God has brought my lord success, remember your servant.”
32 David said to Abigail, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. 33 May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. 34 Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak.”
35 Then David accepted from her hand what she had brought him and said, “Go home in peace. I have heard your words and granted your request.”
36 When Abigail went to Nabal, he was in the house holding a banquet like that of a king. He was in high spirits and very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until daybreak. 37 Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone. 38 About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died.
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.
36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. 2 I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
5 Greet also the church that meets at their house.
Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.
6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.
7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
8 Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord.
9 Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys.
10 Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test.
Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus.
11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew.
Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord.
12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord.
Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.
13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.
14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them.
15 Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them.
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the churches of Christ send greetings.
10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.
2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
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Last month, I posted an entry on Surveying 1st Time Church Visitors to help improve your church’s welcoming.
I contacted each church mentioned and discovered the effect of such an online first time visitor survey was a zero.
One church visitor survey was a broken link.
The second church visitor survey for first time visitors was removed since I couldn’t find it on the website.
The 3rd church visitor survey wasn’t used nor promoted by the church for a year or so, leaving only one of the four functioning.
In conversations with the webmaster, I learned that not too many people fill it out because there is no effective means of getting visitors to fill it out.
The question is:
Why would church visitors come back to fill it out?
have an answer.
They actually use online visitor surveys and have been very successful in getting them completed.
Visitors who leave an email address on the visitor card get an personalized email on Monday from the pastor who taught that week, with a link directly to the first time church visitor survey webpage.
This begs the question — how do they get an email address from visitors?
That church uses a response card system, where everyone fills out a response card (sometimes called a connection card), not just the visitors. When people enter the sanctuary, they receive a program (bulletin in church speak), a pen, and a response card.
At an appropriate time in the service, everyone, including members and regular attenders are invited to fill it out and place it in the offering basket.
The hospitality team processes the cards and by Monday afternoon around 3, the first time visitors get the email from the pastor who taught that Sunday. In that email is a link to a short survey and they have found a pretty good click thru rate.
Let me ask you this:
What do you do to make contact with visitors that come to your church?
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