Entire books have been written on the importance of Hospitality in the Church, from “First Impressions:Creating WOW Experiences in Your Church (Mark Waltz) to Radical Hospitality (Rev Robert Schnase). Somehow, over time, between the book of Hebrews “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” (Hebrews 13:2) to “Don’t forget the donuts and coffee” (Any Church USA), we have trivialize the importance of the WELCOME.
The real practice of hospitality is to boldly emphasize and communicate that YOU are worthy of our time, effort and love; that we were expecting and prepared for your visit, and that you are warmly and enthusiastically welcome in this place.
Communicate to your congregation:
” Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:8-10. Hospitality is a huge part of being children of God, and much more than donuts and coffee.
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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!”