Greeters & Welcome Center
Where is Building C? How do I get involved with a small group? What time does evening service start? Where are the restrooms? Being a greeter or a Welcome Center volunteer involves more than just standing at the door and shaking people's hands as they enter the church. It is the gift of helping as stated in I Corinthians 12:28, “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping…”
In today’s culture, the role of the church greeter is no less important than any other ministry. In this age of always connected-always on, a handshake and a bulletin are not enough to make the first-time visitor feel welcome. Like never before, visitors are paying more attention to how they and their families are treated. They want to feel they are important and accepted. If they are not made to feel special, the Internet provides a world of other options for them to pursue.
In order to respond to today’s guests, church greeters must cover the entire church from Entry-to-Exit. In conjunction with the Parking Lot Ministry, this group is usually the first impression visitors get of our church. This team has a unique opportunity each Sunday to express God’s love by setting the tone of the upcoming worship service for those visiting our campus. They have to be quick to provide helpful answers to questions and committed to making our guests feel relaxed and at home in our facilities. Since greeters are ambassadors of our church and our Lord, they must also be willing and able to share our beliefs and visions with newcomers. With a simple “Thank you for coming!” this group can also be the last impression a guest has of our church.
With regard to church greeters, Dr. Nelson Price said, “It is estimated that one out of every seven people comes to church with a heavy burden. Don’t add to it. Be a faith lifter. Remember you are doing this on behalf of Jesus Christ. Therefore, be as Christ-like as possible in all you say and do.”
At FBCS, our greeters are top notch. Their dedication and commitment is a valued asset to our church. Their friendliness and kindness are easily seen as they minister to whatever needs our guests have.
Be sure to say a special thanks to all our “Helping Ministry” volunteers: greeters at the doors, those who pass out bulletins, those who stand in the lobby and work the Welcome Center, those who escort visitors to various parts of our campus and others who assist in this ministry.
To learn more about how to become a Greeter or Welcome Center volunteer, please contact the church office.