Category: Q&A

Q&A: How Do I Get Beyond the Guest Services Silo?

Q: How do you create a guest services ministry that’s not a silo ministry, but rather leads to an all-encompassing church culture? [from the 2019 Blog Survey] A: Every church will eventually deal with “silo ministries,” stand-alone teams whose influence never gets beyond the artificially-crafted borders that have been created over time. In one...

Q&A: Should Small Groups Serve Together?

Q: We are in the middle of a shift where we are putting our primary focus on groups, and small groups serving together will be a vital part of that structure. We do okay...

Q&A: How Should We Set Up Our Phone System?

Q: Do you have any suggestions or recommendations on how a phone answering service should be set up?  [Amanda Stanton, Director of Guest Services, Calvary Church, Clearwater, FL] A: Even in thinking about this...

Q&A: How Much Time Do We Need Between Services?

Q: What do you think is an appropriate amount of transition time between services? Does too much or too little time create a negative experience for our guests? [Name withheld] A: If you have...

Q&A: How Do I Recruit Volunteers In A New Church Plant?

Q: Our church officially launched earlier this fall. We had an incredible group of Guest Services team members who impressed everyone. Now we’re working to continually improve. How can we continue to recruit volunteers moving...

Q&A: How Do You Handle Missed Meetings?

In a recent post I talked about our ongoing meeting schedule, which raised a couple of questions regarding how well-attended those meetings tend to be, plus how we handle disseminating info to those who...

Q&A: Do Your Volunteers Wear T-Shirts?

Q: Have you considered requiring your team to wear t-shirts while serving? If not, why not?  [Scott Ballard, Director of Connections and Technology, The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX] A: Let me tell you...

Q&A: How Can I Break Up Volunteer Conversations?

Q: When my volunteers are serving, they are often more excited about focusing on each other than focusing on our guests. How can I prevent personal conversations among volunteers while they’re “on the clock”?...