Becoming welcoming churches

Whenever a new person turns up (or returns) to church it’s a significant moment – in one way or another there is probably ‘a story’ behind them coming…

  • Perhaps they’ve started to ask questions about God and are looking for answers (when this happens there is usually a big ‘life event’ somewhere in the background).
  • Perhaps they are new in town, or..
  • Perhaps they’ve been invited by a friend

In any of these scenarios they are probably nervous and there is probably quite a lot ‘hanging’ on this first visit.

A good welcome and a welcoming environment can make all the difference. To achieve this there are usually two components…

  • A great welcome team
  • A welcoming church

By welcoming people well we demonstrate the love of God, and that the Gospel of Jesus is good news for every person:

“Do not be afraid! For behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the City of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!”

Luke 2, verse 10-11.

Starting a welcome team, or giving some training and encouragement to your existing welcome team or sidespeople can make a significant contribution towards this.

To help you we’ve produced a short guide to developing a welcome team which you can download here:

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