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Ushers and Greeters (Part 1)

In a conversation with a pastor of a church in which only 5% of its visitors return, I suggest that he utilize "greeters" in the foyer.  The response is often, "Yes, we do that. We have a team of ushers."  This may sound like they have tried the greeter idea and it doesn't help solve the situation of non-returning visitors.  But are ushers and greeters the same?  This church consultant's experience is that most of the time, traditional "ushers" and welcoming "greeters" are not the same thing.  This brief Ministry Methods article points out some of the differences as seen in practice in the churches. . . .

 

In a conversation with a pastor of a church in which only 5% of its visitors return, I suggest that he utilize "greeters" in the foyer.  The response is often, "Yes, we do that. We have a team of ushers."  This may sound like they have tried the greeter idea and it doesn't help solve the situation of non-returning visitors.  But are ushers and greeters the same?  This church consultant's experience is that most of the time, traditional "ushers" and welcoming "greeters" are not the same thing.  This brief Ministry Methods article points out some of the differences as seen in practice in the churches. . . .