Greeters / Usher Ministry
To actively engage every person who comes into Oak Gardens in a way that shows the love of Christ. We want to make a great first impression on guests as well as make our regular people feel like we care that they are here. Everyone should be greeted in a way that says, “We are nice people and we are so glad you came.”
Greeting is a ministry, not just a task to be done. It is important that greeters be people who really do care about people and who want them to experience God in the worship service, in small groups, and in other settings in the church.
Greeters are among the first people who offer the gift of hospitality to newcomers and to long-time members alike. The offer of hospitality is the offer of an experience of God’s love. Greeting is more than fulfilling a task. It is helping people to know and experience the welcome and hospitality of God. Greeters need to remember that people need to be welcomed more than once, so they should make an effort to greet those who have been faithful participants in worship. Sometimes life circumstances change, and people may feel a particular
need to experience God’s hospitality. Unfortunately, many congregations feel they are very friendly because they are friendly to one another!
Skills and Gifts to be used and developed: All volunteers in the Greeting & Welcoming Ministry should have a friendly approach and good interpersonal skills. Resourcefulness and conscientiousness are helpful as well.