WMU Monthly News from Betsy Ross
Missions: It’s not just a project; it’s a way of life.
“Why don’t you write an article about making visitors feel welcome at church?”
I was having a conversation with a friend about her search for a church home when she posed this question. A single mom with three kids, she’s working hard to overcome her past and looking for a church family, a place to belong. Some of her experiences visiting different churches are really sad.
Welcoming people to your church is the first step in growth. We’re called to share the Gospel with our neighbors and we throw the doors open on Sunday morning. But too often when church visitors come, the church people are less than welcoming.
I don’t think any of us want people to feel unwelcome or uncomfortable, but have we really thought through the impression we may be leaving visitors? Is it easy to find the sanctuary, nursery, classrooms? Are brochures available with church information and the service and activity schedules? Are greeters friendly and able to answer questions? Does anyone invite visitors to come to other services or activities? Do we ask for or collect contact information and actually follow up? Do we make eye contact, shake hands and have conversations?
We’re creatures of habit. We park in the same space, sit in the same pew, talk to the same people. Are we so busy following our routine on Sunday morning that we miss the opportunity to make a visitor feel welcome?
“Lots of people pray for God to send new people to their church. Few accept the folks God actually sends.” Heath Mullikin
The next time a new person walks in why not go up to them, introduce yourself and welcome them to your church family?
In His Service,
Betsy Ross, WMU Director