I remember the turning point for Larry’s new faith journey. He had witnessed a model of service that was new to him—a church that showed it cared about those who are afflicted.
Imagine someone comes knocking at your door or at your church door asking for help. What are the first questions you ask them?
Many congregations experience an influx of visitors over Christmas. And sometimes in the rush to welcome those who are new, we forget to enfold those who used to be more familiar—like the young adults and students.
While on vacation in South Carolina, my wife and I worshiped at First Zion Baptist Church. And though it was immediately clear that we were visitors in a strange land, this little church with a big heart welcomed us. . .
Several years back, a middle-aged couple in our church told me: “We’ve been members here for 12 years and we still feel like outsiders.”
I was struck dumb, my mind racing. What had I done or said to evoke such a question? I don’t remember how the conversation concluded. But I do remember its impact on me.
Two years ago I heard a young woman say, “I long to be part of a church that smells like Jesus.” Her longing forced me to stand in front of the mirror of self-reflection.
Focusing less on practical accessibility concerns, this study looks at the church, the Christian community, as it responds—whether positively or negatively—to the presence of persons with disabilities.
This welcome statement challenges me to reconsider whether there are people I’ve labeled as beyond God’s reach and therefore not truly welcome to worship...
I recently talked to a church that was looking for materials to help them become more welcoming. I've shared some resources I found but would love to hear your tips as well!
Has your church has found any creative or practical ways to minister and show love to those who are homebound during the winter?
It’s been said, “You only get one first impression.” If that is the case, what kind of information should church signs include? How can we encourage people to pull into the parking lot?
Our congregation’s MOSAIC ministry began with a simple dinner invitation. We hosted 3 visiting Chinese scholars, and 2 Indian students. What a joy it was to learn of each other’s culture...
“Ministry of presence” is a favorite phrase of chaplains to describe how they work -- with or without words -- to be the vehicle of God’s love. Some speak of this as “incarnational ministry.”
The Apostle Paul was all in favor of hospitality. But his reasons for urging believers to be hospitable were visionary. He uses Romans 12 to tell people how to express it in their daily lives.
This recorded webinar explores how and why living in, with and among your neighbours is so important.
I stood there all by my lonesome. I stood there for a little bit too. Being about 6 foot 5 and that night wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans, I couldn’t be missed. But I seemed to have been forgotten...
Approximately three percent of the earth’s population is living in a country or setting that is different from the one in which they were born. Many of these people have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are in the process of further developing our welcome center in our church. and the duties involved in successfully greeting and welcoming visitors. We have some ideas but wonder if any of the CRC churches have an actual job description that describe the ways in which we can serve.
Here are a couple of webinar recordings that may be helpful to those working in hospitality ministry in the church. Both are less than 60 minutes in length.
Being a welcoming church and extending hospitality goes beyond the greeting at the door, the smiles and the handshakes. If you're...
This webinar was recorded on: Wed, 06/27/2012 In this webinar, we'll look at principles and best practices for being a welcoming church.
Network readers, I need your help! I can't figure out why people aren't completing visitor cards. I know we probably have 1-2 visitors per week, but we're seeing 1-2 cards per month. Here's what we've been doing:
- There is a "Communication Card" in every bulletin, and bulletins are...
The Network is a meeting place for those who love Christ’s church and want to grow in service to Him through its ministries. Our goal is that The Network will be a pathway for conversation and learning about ministry in the local church. Here something we wanted to share related to your ministry...
We're asking the question at our church, "how do we do well at ushering and greeting?" specifically because we want to help newcomers feel welcome and help them get connected to others quickly at our church. I'm just looking for things you do at your church that have worked well, or perhaps...