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Ushers In The Isles?

We work with churches of all sizes, but this experience took place in a church with about 1000 in worship. This church scored 120 points out of possible 3320 points on our visitor welcome scale. Treatment of visitors is a very important part of the church growth mix of your church. Through our iConsultations and Onsite Consultations, we help churches improve the growth mix, and achieve 3320 points with every visitor they get. Can you identify things your church should or should not do from this example?

Rev. Rick Robinson

Church Growth Associates, Inc.

 

A candid look at church 1552

 

As we approach the grounds, the church is easily identified with the large sign at the road, and the name of the church on the side of the building. The entrance to the parking area has at least two options, we chose to take the second entrance today. This brings us to a drive around the back of the worship center. I could see what appeared to be parking lot attendants ministering out there, but where are those attendants? We seem to have the drop on them, and parking here without help is not easy. It is a large parking area to accommodate the 1000 or so people that will worship inside, and it is easier to find parking at the local shopping centers. The greeters are not wearing any type of identification, and since there are supposed to be parking attendants, there is no designated visitor parking area either.

Upon finding a space for the car, we make our way to the worship center. People are friendly if spoken to; otherwise they just pass you by. There is one youth passing out bulletins at the door as if it were a punishment for being late for Sunday School. We are presented a bulletin with no smile or eye contact. The building is a multipurpose structure that is now transformed into the worship center. As the auditorium fills with people, the ushers begin walking up and down the isles looking for available seating. Above the first floor is a walkway around the building leading to offices and education rooms. Additional ushers have positioned themselves there as “spotters” for the sanctuary ushers. I have seen many churches with this architecture, but this one almost has the feel of a prison.

The music begins and the worship service is underway. Lively praise music led by an enthusiastic worship leader, with a smile and an attitude that makes you glad you came today. The feeling of being in jail is diminishing. The Ushers are still doing their jobs in the isles and on the platforms.After a couple of worship songs the pastor greets the worshippers and asks the guest to stand and be welcomed. Nearby members greet the guest in their area while the ushers pass out registration cards and return to the center of the isles. During the sermon these ushers remain at “parade rest” in the center of the isles. Yes, they were standing in the isles during the entire service, and it is starting to feel like prison again. This makes me wonder what will happen should I decide to leave early.

The message is evangelistic and several people receive Christ during the time of commitment. Well, those ushers are still in the isles and now it’s time to go home. No, they didn’t try to stop us, and they didn’t ask us to return. No follow-up will be done with our registration. This is one of many churches that collect information and do nothing with it. Would you return to worship here again?

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Rev. Rick Robinson is a church growth consultant helping churches of all sizes with church growth and evangelism strategies.

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