Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
Imagine for a moment that you serve on the guest service team at your church. You show up faithfully each week. You attend your Sunday School class, and the moment class is over you start serving. You grab your name tag and head for your spot. You flawlessly execute the plan handed down to you by your team leader.
Every week, like clockwork: Sunday School ends at 10:45. In place by 10:48. Shake hands, hand out bulletins, hold the door, smile, greet, connect, engage. Service starts at 11:00. Take care of the stragglers until 11:04. In the pew by 11:05.
And the vast majority of churches would be grateful for a faithful, dependable, set-their-watch-by-your-service volunteer. As well they should be: it’s hard to get good help these days!
But take another moment and imagine you’re not a volunteer who serves guests, but rather you’re the guest. And imagine you’re checking out a local church for the first time.