I’m not asking you to greet our guests in the parking lot or at the door on Sunday, I’m asking you to be a catalyst for life-giving change!
People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. At our essence, we are most motivated by knowing why we do things. When you know your why then your what has more impact because you’re working towards your purpose.
Simon Sinek, Leadership Expert
Long-time church member Carol Harrell stands on 5th Street every Sunday, rain or shine, extreme hot or cold, to let everyone who walks up know how glad she is they are at First Church. If they are here for the first time and aren’t sure where to go, she doesn’t point them in the direction of their destination, she takes them where they need to go. Carol knows what she is doing is greeting – but it’s the why that motivates her. Carol knows hospitality done well creates an opening for the Holy Spirit which opens the door to life change. Bottom line: how we do hospitality can either bring someone closer to God, or it can push them away. That’s why Carol is willing to be on 5th Street every week – she grasps how important that first contact is and what it could ultimately mean in the life of those she welcomes.
Every week, we ask people to greet outside on 5th Street before and after the worship services, to help in the Welcome Center, to usher or help serve communion – and ideally, we would love to have people in the parking lots each week to greet people. That is what we ask – but I want you to consider why we ask people to be part of Sunday morning hospitality. Acts of intentional hospitality remove barriers to people engaging in a life with Christ. Those acts also mean you are serving God (as well as serving your church and ultimately serving others) by helping grow the His Kingdom.
When people feel welcomed and included, they are comfortable, and that allows them to feel God’s presence; it makes them want to come back and be part of the community they find here. I truly believe as people come to know the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the world is changed one person at a time. So if you’re interested in being part of that change by being part of the Sunday morning hospitality team, let me know!
Director of Welcoming Ministries
You can contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817/339-2403.