Starting a Ministry of Ushers and Greeters

The Chinese say “a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” What they didn’t say is that the first step is the hardest. Most churches have ushers, however, when we combine the tasks of ushers and greeters, we create a new dimension of ministering to people as they enter the church. Here are some guidelines to follow when starting or enhancing a ministry of ushers and greeters:

Understand the Mission of Ushers and Greeters.

Ushers and greeters are the first people a new visitor makes contact with when coming to your church. They are the beginning of your church’s assimilation ministry which is designed to attract and keep members for the long term. Because they deal with new people, they are also evangelists for your church.

Prayerfully discover God’s will for your Ushers and Greeters Program.

Every church and the situation in which it finds itself is different. Seek His will for your program, and let him tailor it to the needs of your church and community.

Carefully recruit and train your people.

Ushering and greeting is a serious commitment; you need people who are called to the task and who will be faithful to the ministry. Let the Lord direct you to seek out the people He has called. Training, however, is the link between calling and action; take time to organize training for your workers.

Organize and delegate effectively.

The key to being a successful Lay Coordinator is to organize and motivate others. Appoint team captains to lead and also to cover for you when you’re not there. Make sure workers have all the supplies they need such as visitor packets. The key to being a successful Lay Coordinator is to organize and motivate others. Set up rotation schedules for workers to allow their participation in the service.

Reward your people for their service.

People need to know they’re appreciated; fellowship gatherings and churchwide publicity for service are very helpful in this regard. Also, take the time to express your personal gratitude for those who have supported and helped you.

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