Published: 7 days ago

How To Serve Guests When You’re Just Not Feeling It

No matter how much you love people, eventually the day will come when you literally can’t even. (Do the cool kids still say that?) The weather is too bad, your mood is too off, your life is too stressful, your day is too packed …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Beware the Bare Minimum

If you’ve ever had the sublime privilege of parenting a middle schooler – any child, really – you’re familiar with the following scenario. [4:30 PM, as they walk through the door from school] Parent: “Got any homework tonight, bud?” Kid: “Uh. A little.” [10:30 PM, as …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Take a Second Look

If there’s a common fault of most guest services teams in most churches in most of America, it’s the curse of familiarity. We execute ministry week in and week out in the same facility, surrounded by the same people, and running through the same …

Published: 1 month ago

What Happens After You Say “Goodbye”?

In a recent post I shared my top ten favorite quotes from The Power of Moments, the newest book from the Heath brothers. I’m revisiting that book today…and let’s be honest for a moment, I will probably revisit it several times here on the blog, because it’s just that …

Published: 1 month ago

Killing Ourselves With Kindness

Growing up, I can remember one phrase my dad used that was a normal part of his repertoire. As a second-generation family business owner, he was my model for guest services way before I knew that would be my full-time gig at a church. …

Published: 2 months ago

Four Ways To Bring Unity From Offenses

In the last post, we started a discussion on offenses to church goers, and how we don’t get to define what gets people in a tizzy. We said that some offenses may seem silly to us, but they are still real hurdles for our …

Published: 2 months ago

You Don’t Get To Define The Offense

Our guest services teams are guided by what we call our five plumb lines. At the top of that list is our “north star” of sorts, which states: The gospel is offensive. Nothing else should be. In a nutshell, that means that there are …

Published: 2 months ago

8 Reasons You Didn’t Get My Business (And What That Means For The Church)

Several months ago we tackled a few projects around our house. And by “we” I mean “someone else who knows what they’re doing” because when “we” tackle anything, it is usually each other roughly fifteen minutes into said project, because half of “we” is a …

Published: 2 months ago

“It’s Only One Sunday…”

“I’m just going to hit the snooze button one more time. I’m punctual most other weeks. It’s only one Sunday.” “It’s not a big deal for me to skip out of serving. I show up more than most people. It’s only one Sunday.” “I’m …

Published: 3 months ago

Baby, Do You Need A Hug?

Her slumped shoulders and shaky hand betrayed her attempt at emotional composure. And for good reason: as a first time guest at our church, she had just revealed to one of our volunteers that she’d moved to the Triangle from across the country. She …

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