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What to Say When You Welcome Someone

Last month I wrote a blog post titled “Welcome One Another”. Reflecting on Romans 15:17, I encouraged us to step out on a Sunday and move beyond our usual social groups in order to welcome the guests and new people in our midst. And it is my hope and prayer that some of us have made a conscious effort in the last few weeks to do just that; to look out for new people among us and to make them feel welcome. I’d like to take it a step further this week and offer some practical help as to how we can actually do that. I believe that what stops many of us from walking across the room to greet or welcome someone is simply that we’re not sure know what to say or what to do (at least this is true in my experience). So, to that end, I’d like to share an article by author and church leader Thom Rainer in which he offers 7 suggestions for what we might say to guests or visitors on a Sunday. 1. “Thank you for being here.” It’s just that basic. I have heard from numerous church guests who returned because they were simply told “thank you.” 2. “Let me help you with that.” If you see someone struggling with umbrellas, young children, diaper bags, and other items, a gesture to hold something for them is a huge positive. Of course, this comment is appropriate for member to member as well. 3. “Please take my seat.” I have actually heard that comment twice in a church where I was speaking… The first comment came from a member to a young family of five who were trying to find a place to sit together. 4. “Here is my email address. Please let me know if I can help in any way.” Of course, this comment must be used with discretion, but it can be a hugely positive message to a guest. 5. “Can I show you where you need to go?” Even in smaller churches, guests will not know where to find the nursery, restrooms, and small group meeting areas. You can usually tell when a guest does not know where he or she is to go. 6. “Let me introduce you to ___________.” The return rate of guests is always higher if they meet other people. A church member may have the opportunity to introduce the guest to the pastor, other church staff, and other members of the church. 7. “Would you join us for lunch?” I saved this question for last for two reasons. First, the situation must obviously be appropriate before you offer the invitation. Second, I have seen this approach have the highest guest return rate of any one factor. What if your church members sought to invite different guests 6 to 12 times a year? The burden would not be great; but the impact would be huge. “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:17) Also, last Sunday I mentioned there are many opportunities to serve God and others at BPCC. If you’re interested in finding out more about where you might be able to serve, please complete the (short) form on the church website and someone will be in touch with you in due course: In Christ, Adam
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