On Making People Feel Welcome

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Church Planting at Sojourn
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As we’ve discussed in our sermon series on Identity, people struggle almost constantly with these feelings of fitting-in and acceptance. They are unsure and insecure.  When the come to sojourn they are taking a huge risk.  They have plenty of reasons to NOT go to church and that fear wells up inside of them.  We must help them to visit us.  We can help them by making them feel totally accepted and welcomed.  This is not easy when their natural disposition is the opposite.  Here are some steps.

The Arrival

A person’s first encounter should be with a smiling and welcoming believer.  This means that there must be someone at each door looking out for them (much like the father of the prodigal son).  We’ve done a good job at making sojourn warm and welcoming but people need that friendly face to greet them and reassure them that it is ok to be there.  If their biggest reason for not coming to church is that they are afraid, this is the greatest ministry we can do.

1.  Look for people.

2.  Smile and greet warmly.

3.  Stay with them.

Be Hospitable

Let’s treat them like they are in our home.  We wouldn’t just expect them to walk around and find everything themselves and help themselves to everything.  We must stay with them.

1.  Give them a tour of the spaces.

2.  Offer a snack and drink.  Take them to the snack spot.

3.  Take them to a seat

4.  Introduce them to a few people.

Be attentive

They have come to check us out.  But they are also looking for a connection. We do a lot at sojourn about connecting.  Let’s include the new person.

1.  Include the new people in your conversations.

2.  During the welcome activities, seek out the new person and engage them in the activity.

3.  During anything interactive, attend to the new person.  Help them out.

4.  When they leave make sure you say good by and invite them back.

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