Advent is a great time for visitors! There will be a number of guests visiting this month, and most of them will make up their minds about Boston Avenue within the first ten minutes of being here. Remember these two key tips for developing and sustaining a welcoming ministry:
Circle of 10: Greet anyone, member or guest, who comes within ten feet of you. Make a special effort to greet the people you don’t already know within your “circle of 10.”
A good way to start is to say, “Good morning, my name is ___ and I don’t believe I’ve met you yet…”
Rule of 3: For the first three minutes after a service, try talking to those people you don’t know and to people that you know are guests, instead of to your friends. It takes guests about three minutes to exit the church after worship and it’s important to make sure someone has greeted them before they leave. In a welcoming church, new people in the congregation are accepted for who they are and are supported in sharing their gifts.
It is important to remember that welcoming is NOT about asking people to join our church. It’s about sharing the love of Christ and being a blessing in people’s lives whether they are in town for a special event, business trip, visiting a relative or new in town and looking for a church home!