How will your ushers, greeters and members reach out and welcome strangers in 2013? In planning for a special worship service, one ministry leader shared these three ideas. What else will you do?
1. Recruit new members to be greeters on Sunday and/or special services such as Easter.
2. Train ushers on how to handle emergencies at church. (What should ushers do if a worshiper gets sick?)
3. Plan at least one congregation training in 2013. (Why not ask each Sunday School class if you can add 10 minutes on what it means to extend hospitality with Christian love?)
Research studies indicate people close to 80% of people visit because someone personally invited them. Christmas and Easter are two holidays that people not connected to a church tend to think about visiting. Now it’s time to do our homework.
Very often pastors ask the question, “What can we share with our members about Facebook and how they can help the ministry’s presence?” Engaging members in utilizing the social media tools to share the gospel is a wonderful way to encourage being even more faithful to sharing the Good News with new disciples. After reviewing weeks of Facebook page insights and what multiple congregations are doing with their pages, here are 5 tips on ways members can share on Facebook. Read More→
Close your eyes and imagine…that your church is viewed as one of the most welcoming communities in town.
Now… What will it take to make this dream come true? When your congregation engages in practices that help to welcome strangers who may not look, speak, smell, act or worship like you, we may be able to better live out our charge “to make disciples of all nations.”
US immigration statistics indicate foreign born population has tripled in the past 4 decades currently totaling 37 million (12% of the population.) Welcoming people who may speak another language versus English or may speak English differently because of their accents can be a great test for people in the church. Sometimes folks look strangely at people who talk with heavy accents or who may not worship or act like we do. With all of that in mind, a question to ponder, how can welcoming “different people” help to make us the church?
Whether you are an usher, deacon, greeter or elder, what can you do to create a welcoming environment for people who may appear different than you? Well I am glad you asked. Here are