Several church growth books recommend name tags as one way of increasing the friendliness or openness of a congregation.
I’m not going to say you need to do one, but if you want to implement a church name tag process, you don’t want to do this half-way.
If you are thinking about implementing a church name tag program, think it through —
- How will you overcome objections to name badges?
- How will you staff the creation, distribution and collecting of name tags?
- How will you make it easy for members to get them?
- How will you help visitors fill them out?
- Will you try it for a year? 6 months? or make it permanent?
- Where will name tags be created? Who will create them?
- Where will people get their name tag?
- Blanks or pre-printed?
Techniques won’t help you grow a church, but name tags may be one way to help make your congregation members approachable.
Relational warmth is necessary to grow a church – name tags or not.
Do name tags fit your church culture?
You as a church leader likely know the culture of your area.
Some of your members may think name tags are an awful idea. You might even hear their groans as you read this, hearing them say “I’ve been in this church for 30 years. Everyone knows who I am.”
Your task will be to help them see the value of name tags in helping people connect one to another and what it means to your guests.
What type of name tag?
Name tags come in different styles and shapes.
- Peel and Stick
- Pin-on badge (BAD IDEA)
- Clip-on badges
- Plastic engraved ones with magnet (be careful with pacemakers)
- One church has a button maker and they make clip on buttons.
I’m still amazed that pin-ons are still available. I don’t like having my shirt poked. I don’t like accidentally stabbing myself. If it’s a humid environment, I don’t want a potential rust stain on my shirt. I still visit small churches that don’t have air conditioning.
The style you choose to use will be dependent on your budget and tolerance for upkeep and maintenance.
Some churches that choose the plastic engraved one sell them to their members who want one so that it’s not part of the church budget.
Let me ask you this?
If you started a name tag work in your church, why did you choose to do so? Discuss with us that we may learn — use the comment field below.
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