11 Places for Greeters
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11 Places for Greeters

Many people recognize the importance of having trained greeters at the church doors when guests arrive. I agree that that’s important, but I also think there are many other places to use greeters. Here are some ideas:

1. In the parking lot near each entrance. Station greeters as near to each parking lot entrance as possible. They may also direct traffic, but more importantly, they welcome worshippers as they arrive. The first face a guest (or member) sees at your location should be a happy, excited one.

2. Throughout the parking lot. Well-identified greeters can answer questions, assist those who need help, provide umbrellas when needed, and simply be another friendly face for those who are arriving.

3. At each entrance door. Most churches have a main entrance, but greeters should be at any door folks may enter. Unless directed otherwise by signs or parking lot greeters, anyone might enter at a less-frequented door, and everyone deserves a greeting.

4. At the welcome center. This one surely seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve visited churches with no human beings at the welcome center. Sometimes that’s because the welcome center attendant is escorting a guest somewhere, but that simply means the welcome center needs more workers. At least one greeter should always be at the welcome center.

5. At the entrance to the worship center. Again, churches often have ushers or others at the doors to distribute worship guides or bulletins. That’s a great start, but sometimes the number of people entering is more than the ushers alone can greet. I still encourage churches to have others there simply to welcome folks as they enter to worship.

6. Throughout the worship center. More often than not, the “secret shoppers” we send on church consultations report that no one speaks to them prior to the service. One way to address this issue is to have assigned greeters in each section of the worship center. They probably sit in the same area every Sunday anyway, so why not give them a greeting assignment?

7. At each major intersection in the church facility. The larger the facility is, the more important these greeters can be. At any point where someone may get turned around, confused, or lost, greeters can be both a welcoming face and a necessary guide. At the entrance of children’s ministry sections, they can also double as a security measure to help protect the children as needed.

8. In each small group gathering. We hope that all small group members will greet everyone else but experience tells us otherwise. Whether the group is an on-campus group like Sunday school or an off-campus group such as a life group, intentional greeters are still important. No one is missed if someone is prepared to greet everyone.

9. At every church-wide fellowship. Sure, the church family knows each other (we think) but that doesn’t mean everyone feels welcomed at the fellowship event. A simple “hello” and a genuine “we’re glad you’re here” can mean a lot to that lonely, hurting church member.

10. At the end of the worship service: at the doors and in the parking lot. I’ve attended churches with greeters prior to the service, but not many with greeters in place after the service. Why not have folks ready to encourage and challenge others as they leave to apply what they’ve learned?

11. On the church website. Enlist some energetic greeters to post an invitation to church-searchers who check out your website. That way, you greet your guests before they come, when they come, and as they go out to serve.

Greeters should still be screened and trained, but the greeter role provides opportunities for many members to be involved. Involve more people intentionally, and your church will be a friendlier place.

Well-trained ushers and greeters also keep the church safe. Check out the downloadable resources Creating a Safety Team and Dealing with Dangerous People for more information.

Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

This post was adapted from an article that first appeared at ThomRainer.com on April 23, 2015. Used with permission.

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