Greet - verb - welcome, meet, or receive in a friendly and respectful way.
Greeter - noun - a person who greets.
Greeters serve in vital roles in the church today and have more impact than they think on all who step through the church doors. Greeting visitors at church is such an important part of the hospitality ministry of the church! It forms part of the first impression that a visitor receives. More than a handshake and a smile, it is an opportunity to express God’s love through Christ and help set the tone of the upcoming worship service.
Beyond the power of a hello, greeters can help people connect. Research shows that most people join and connect with a church where they bond with people.
Imagine you are a first time visitor. You walk in. No one greets you. No one offers to tell you where the children’s ministry is, where the nursery is, or even where the bathrooms are. No one tells you that coffee, tea, and water are available for you. Would you feel welcome? Would you return to that church? Most likely, not. In this case, the greeting team has failed.
But wait! Guess what? YOU are part of CTK’s greeting team! Every member of CTK’s congregation is a greeter. Each of you has the opportunity to greet another person; as you walk in the door, as you take your children to the nursery or to class, as you get coffee, as you are seated next to someone, as you “meet and greet” during that portion of the service, as you walk out of the service, and finally, as you leave. That’s a lot of opportunities to greet!
You may never know the impact your smile or your handshake (or even a hug) may have on a person. It may just be a day-brightener for them, or a life-changing experience.
So, whether you are a member of CTK’s official greeting team (you are so appreciated!) or a “greeting” member of the congregation, keep up the good work, because, YOU ARE A GREETER!