Why be a greeter?
First time guests often decide whether they’ll attend a second time within the first seven minutes of arriving. Long before a word is preached or a song is sung, guests have formed an opinion of our church. FIT members help shape that first impression, by offering guests a warm welcome, helpful information, and a fond farewell from the street to their seat.
Your role as a greeter
- Stand in a strategic location (assigned by team leader) outside the building.
- Set-up / tear-down parking signs, if needed.
- Give a warm welcome with a big smile and handshake
- Answer questions and be willing to walk person to church or introduce to next outside greeter.
- Be in position 20 minutes before service begins and remain in position for the first 15 minutes of service.
- After service, look for & reintroduce yourself to those you met earlier.
(5 minute rule!)
- Inform team lead of any concerns.
- Serve every week or every other week for six months.
- Find your own replacement, when needed, via approved contact list.
- Arrive 30 before the service, so that your team can pray and be in position to serve 20 minutes before the service, and stay for five-ten minutes afterwards.
- Review names of new people you previously met.
Next steps . . .
Assist a veteran team member one Sunday, as a trial run. If this is a good ministry fit, you’ll be asked to serve at least 2 Sundays per month, with a 1- month trial period. Attend monthly ministry team meetings
Notes . . .
Go the extra mile. Be willing to leave your post to help a new person be comfortable. Smile and be positive! Besides Outside Greeters, the First Impression Team consists of Ushers, Inside Greeters and Café Attendants.