Posted by: pastortomvabeach | January 11, 2011

Thought For The Week January 16, 2011

I thought I would just challenge everyone this week with a brief idea that actually came from Ken Horn at the Pentecostal Evangel. Last Sunday Jenna Largent spoke about the Welcome Force here at Christian Chapel and how easy it is to be part of that group of people who works very diligently to make people feel welcomed. She and Steve handle the scheduling for our smiling face contingent, a group of people who really help make YOUR church friendly.

There is actually a lot more that makes it so and Ken Horn has hit on an idea that I want to pass on to you all. Take a moment and read his note from the Evangel, dated January 9, 2011: “I know most churches have official greeters. That’s not enough. I believe all regular attendees are official greeters responsible to be friendly with everyone who walks through the door. I encourage you to make a special effort to greet people you don’t know in times other than the official meet-and-greet. This can be the determining factor in whether a visitor comes back. It may even determine whether or not someone accepts Christ.”

Did you catch that? Everyone is a greeter. It is our job to make everyone who comes into our Worship Center feel as if they just arrived at home. I know that for the most part we already do a pretty good job at this, but we can never get complacent or forget that someone who needs a friend or a listening ear may be within arm’s reach of any one of us on any given Sunday.

I love Sam Walton’s policy for the employees of Wal-Mart. They would take a pledge that went something like this, “I will never let someone come within 10 feet of me without asking them how I can help them.” I’m not sure of the exact wording but you get the drift. The idea is that whenever we see someone, especially someone we don’t know, who is close enough for us to connect with them, we automatically go to them and make a cordial and pleasant connection.

I believe that Ken is correct in his conclusion that this can certainly be the determining factor on whether or not a first or second time guest returns to YOUR church. People connect with churches mostly because they connect with the people in the church, not because of the pastor or the worship or the programs. So let me challenge you. Every time you are at church make it a point to notice who is here that you don’t know and get to know them. Become a friend of people, make it your job to get people to come back a second, third, hundredth time. Just a thought.

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