The friendliness of a church can make or break it for visitors.
After a recent move, my family and I visited a few nearby churches. Some excelled at being friendly; others failed miserably.
When we visited a mega church, no one greeted us at our arrival. When we stopped by the welcome desk to present ourselves as guests, no one offered to help us navigate their large campus or direct us to the service. After worship, no one spoke to us at their coffee and donut reception. Everyone remained huddled in separate circles. They looked happy enough, but they weren’t friendly.
Because we didn’t make any connections that day, we didn’t return.
I hope that first-time guests to my current church want to return because they’ve made connections with others, and most importantly THE Person that life is all about. I hope guests feel wanted, like they belong, and that they have space to serve.
I’m over at Missional Women with 4 ways you can be missional at church! Read the full post HERE. I even include some practical conversation starters!