On this page, you will find resources that your congregation can utilize to edify your approach to greeting and help your congregation speak to the Vision statement of our church:
To create a church in which people feel at home and, inspired by the Holy Spirit and their love for God, align their lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and thus prepare themselves for His return and eternal life.
These resources are not just for larger congregations with a team of greeters. Each resource is scalable to the size of the congregation, and allows all to improve their welcome strategy no matter how many resources they have.
The first resource is the customizable template for the Guest Booklet, which your congregation received in 2016. In this template, you are able to fill in specific information about your congregation that you would want a guest to know.
There are also one-page guidelines that define what a greeter and usher are, and how they can serve members and guests. These guidelines can be handed out to your existing greeters and ushers or to people who show an interest in being involved with greeting. Ushers and greeters should also be familiar with how to handle emergency situations, should the need arise. For more information on this, they can refer to the Emergency Strategy document.
For congregations looking to dive deeper into a more comprehensive Greeter Program, the Congregational Welcome Strategy worksheet can be used to assess a guest’s entire experience in your congregation, from how your greeters interact with them, to how a guest experiences your church building for the first time. If you have a greeting team, this document may help provide additional insight and tips.
Lastly, a presentation has been created that can be used for training or just as an informal discussion for those that are interested. It covers the basics of greeting and ushering, including videos that help facilitate discussion about dos and don’ts and role-playing of different scenarios that your greeters might experience. There is also a facilitator guide that includes notes and suggestions.