Strengthening our hospitality team
Notes from the pastor
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” 
- Romans 15:7 
Imagine with me.  You’ve decided it’s time to find a church.  You’ve been putting it off because you find it a little intimidating to go into a new place full of people you’ve never met.  But, this Sunday you’ve worked up your courage to do just that.  You drive up and find a place to park.  You pick a door and walk inside.  The people look friendly enough, and they’re all talking with each other in the hallway.  Nobody has noticed you, and you don’t want to interrupt any of their conversations; but, you don’t know where to go.  You notice a Welcome Center and go over to ask some questions.  Oops, nobody there.  So, you start to wander, hoping you’re heading in the right direction to find the Nursery for your child and then to figure out where worship is happening.
On the other hand, what if that same person came to Front Street and a trained Greeter met them at the door with, “Good morning!  Welcome to Front Street!  I don’t think we’ve met before.  We’re so glad you’re here.  Can I help you find anything?”
What if there were two trained Greeters at multiple doors, one of which could escort a visitor to the Nursery, or wherever they are trying to find?  What if we had Greeters at our wonderful Welcome Center ready to answer questions and talk to folks about our church’s ministries?
The season of spring brings new life to nature, and we’re looking forward to it bringing new life to our Greeter Ministry here at Front Street!  I want to invite you to consider becoming a trained Greeter so that we can re-build our hospitality ministry.  I can’t stress how important this ministry is to the overall health of our church.
People who study this kind of stuff agree – we have a very short time to make a good first impression.  Here is what church ministry coach, Nelson Searcy, says on the subject of hospitality:  
Seven minutes is all you get to make a positive first impression.  In the first seven minutes of contact with your church, your first-time guests will know whether or not they are coming back.  That’s before a single worship song is sung and before a single word of the message is uttered.
Obviously your guests aren’t making a logical decision based on the integrity of the preaching, the character of the church staff or the clarity of your doctrine.  They are not weighing pros and cons of worship styles and theological viewpoints…. Instead, they are taking clues about your church’s atmosphere and the people’s friendliness on a much more rudimentary level.  Their subconscious minds are working overtime to evaluate their compatibility with this new environment.
Please contact me if you are interested in being trained as a Greeter.  This is a truly important ministry as we welcome new folks to Front Street.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Ross
Last Published: April 9, 2018 3:54 PM
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