I recently read a great blog from Group Publishing on a new book entitled WHY NOBODY WANTS TO GO TO CHURCH ANYMORE, by Thom and Joani Schultz. I wholeheartedly agreed with the authors, and continue to support the idea of embracing Radical Hospitality, Fearless Conversation, Genuine Humility and Divine Anticipation.
The Schultz’s believe that the four major reasons people are leaving the church are: “I feel judged”, “I don’t want to be lectured”, “Christians are a bunch of hypocrites” and “your God is irrelevant to my life”.
Given this information, it seems that the first step is to create an over-the-top “WOW” experience of hospitality to welcome all who enter.
Starting with Radical Hospitality means creating an unexpected welcome to everyone; from the street to the seat. (The 10 minutes before the service ever begins are critical!). Over the years I’ve lectured about the importance of the first impression, as it may be the only opportunity to change a person’s perspective and allow them to be open to the message of God’s love. As I’ve heard it said, “First Impressions Last”.
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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!”