Is Your Church Friendly
Today’s post contains several questions that I’m needing feedback on. Please reply in the comments with your answers. Thank you for participating!
Many years ago when my husband and I visited a church a member came to talk to us. In the conversation they informed me that they had visited the church I was a member of when they were looking for a church, but that our church was one of the most unfriendly churches they had ever been in.
I was greatly taken aback. I took much offense. I even went as far to label them as snobby and rude in conversations with my husband later.
Today, I am ashamed.
See, I only saw my church as friendly and loving. I couldn’t imagine anyone NOT feeling welcome. While I didn’t particularly remember them coming to visit, I knew what would have occurred when they did.
They were greeted with a smile and handshake when they came in the door. Anyone sitting around them responded in kind either before or after the service. The person doing announcements welcomed all visitors from the pulpit. They were invited to join us again Sunday night.
I couldn’t imagine my life without the people in that congregation. They weren’t related to me by blood but by His blood.
How dare this individual speak poorly of my family that I was certain had treated them well.
Isn’t that how most churches welcome new people? Greeters, people who sit around them say hello, and the deacon or pastor welcomes from pulpit.
Yes, visitors should feel welcome into our church service. We have a plan to make it happen.
Now, leave your church one Sunday and go to a church out of the blue that you weren’t specifically invited to.
How does the welcome process make you feel?
What makes you feel welcome in a new church? One where you don’t know everyone already. A church that you walk into, sit down in a pew, and pray that you didn’t sit in someone else’s seat.
What does your church do to make visitors feel welcome?