A few years ago I accompanied a friend of mine to court. I’d never been in a courtroom before. It was packed with people I didn’t know, in all stages of life, in all circumstances in life and all there looking for something. I mentally separated them into the “Haves” ($2000 suits, polished shoes, use of the court “language”, looked like they belong there) and the “HAVE NOTS” (orange jumpsuit, unfamiliar with the verbiage, uncomfortable with their situation, choosing to be somewhere (any where) else).
This is how “Church” and “Church People” look to unchurched, people, searching. They somehow (Divine intervention?) find their way to your venue, are unfamiliar with the church “process” (what’s going to happen next?), the church verbiage (“Season of Epiphany pamphlets will be distributed by today’s Liturgists in the Narthex.”), and uncomfortable with the whole situation. Within minutes they can begin wishing they were somewhere (any where) else.
I contend, that GIVEN THE CHOICE, no one choose to go anywhere that makes them feel uncomfortable, inferior, unwelcome, on display, intimidated or unworthy.
The REAL BOTTOM LINE is that when a first-time visitor is looking for something that they feel can be found at your church; but feels uncomfortable or unwelcome, there will be no second visit. You’ve missed the chance, missed the point. Train your congregation to know the real bottom line and make a difference.
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Blessed with the gift of gab and hospitality, Bev served as a staff member for a fast-growing church for almost a decade. Discovering her talent for helping people step out of their comfort zone, she began recruiting volunteers to serve in Children’s Ministry. As the church grew, her focus became the influx of visitors and the need to make sure they didn’t get lost in the growth. For this, she developed a full team of trained volunteers to create the “WOW, from the Street to the Seat”. Her success with this program lead to speaking engagements at churches across North Georgia, prompting a string of WOW experiences! Now, as Marketing Manager for Displayit at Church, she loves sharing her tips, tricks and ideas, that can make a real difference. “We’re all on the same team, the Jesus team. Let’s work together for the greater good!”