We had a good First Impressions Fall Kick-Off at Mountainview Church on Saturday. Those who serve on one of our First Impressions teams are great people who create a welcoming environment for guests and regular attenders alike. The bulk of the meeting was spent sharing why it’s important to create a welcoming presence for people who are new to church. I shared a few practical thoughts and ideas:
- Welcoming people to church is modeling the behavior of God, who welcomes us each back home.
- Viewing newcomers as guests and yourself as a host changes the way you look at Sunday mornings.
- By being hospitable you have the opportunity of being “the first person I met when I started attending this church” for someone new to church.
- People who come uninvited are coming because something is happening in their life that has spurred them to attending church. These people deserve our best and full attention.
- It’s hard for those of us who have been in church for several years or more to remember what it was like the first time we attended church.
- Good hospitality is small things done well and done repeatedly.
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I used to be very intimidated by the greeters at some Churches, but I always feel very welcomed and at home by ours at Mountainview.