Ushers & Greeters
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:10-12) "And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." (1 Peter 4:8-10)
A good usher is someone who is interested in helping others, whether it be directing someone to a seat or being sensitive to a need that they may have. People will look to you as someone that knows what is going on around the church so it is important to know the church layout and the current events. They may also look to you as an adviser or counselor. Most importantly, they will look to you as someone who cares and is interested in them. Remember, you are the mediator between the people and the pastors. Be sensitive and allow the Holy Spirit to use you to the glory of God. Your conduct is the forerunner to the ministry that is to be experienced inside the building.
Ushering is a vital part of the body ministry and should be taken very seriously. Diligence and dependability are a necessity! Remember, we are here to serve others! As an usher you will come in contact with more people on a one-on-one basis than anyone else, so be aware that you are many times the first representative of Jesus Christ that the people will see when they enter the doors.
The temple ushers were uniformed guards. In the book of Acts they were used to make arrests and handle the crowds. Jesus’ disciples were used to prepare the way for Him. They directed people where to sit in order to hear Him, so ushers need to be as sheep dogs—surrounding the flock and protecting them from any disturbances or danger. Sheep won’t lie down unless all is safe.
It’s our desire to ensure the people’s sense of safety and security so that they might receive what God has for them without distraction or further concern.
The ministry of a greeter is one of the most important jobs in the church because we want to offer up more than just a handshake and a smile—we want to reflect the heart of the church and extend the love of Christ to all who enter. Greeters also provide information about the church, hand out bulletins and extend a warm and friendly welcome to prepare the congregation for a positive worship experience so that they may receive what God has prepared for them.
There are 3 parts to the greeter ministry: First Impressions, Hospitality and Making Connections.
Greeters are sometimes the first people someone sees when entering the church. We have this single opportunity to make a great first impression that reflects the heart of the church and extend the love of Christ to all who enter. Greeters work alongside the Usher ministry to make as smooth a transition as possible from the door to the service.
Spiritual gifts are given by God, exercised by the Holy Spirit through the life of the believer. In Christ we have received a spirit of love—as greeters, we are called to extend that love to others. Thus, an attitude of warm hospitality is a must! Greeters will guide visitors to classrooms, nursery, refreshments, acting somewhat as a “tour guide” for the church. Working knowledge of other areas of ministry is required to provide seekers with direction without confusion.
As a greeter, caring for others should be a natural response. The congregation counts on the greeters to make personal connection between them and the church. The opportunity to listen to deeper needs and be involved in helping meet those needs is an essential part of this ministry. What a wonderful way to extend the compassion of Christ to others! It is important for a greeter to be acquainted with church staff, church beliefs, service schedules & times and calendar events. You may end up connecting with every person who walks through the door. This is such a great opportunity to meet people and bridge the gap between the door and an amazing encounter with Jesus Christ!