Welcoming Atmosphere

Summer is behind us and Fall is right around the corner.  That means a lot of things for a lot of people.  For some, this season represents a little rest from a hectic and fast-paced Summer.  For others, they are gearing up for football and hunting.  For most, however, it represents a return to a somewhat predictable schedule and routine that includes finding a church home or settling back into the rhythm of weekly worship and service.  At First Baptist it means the swell of attendance, guests, and new families.  Unlike the attendance bumps of the Easter and Christmas seasons, the attendance swells of September are typically longer lasting with many families sticking around and becoming a part of the First family.  It's important that we recognize this.  But why?

There is an expectation of hospitality for those that come to a church.  Though degrees of hospitality expectations vary from person to person it's safe to assume that each person wants to know they're welcome.  We all have a desire to belong.  

Our greeter team does a great job of being a first contact for those coming in.  Doors held open, smiles, handshakes and salutations are just part of what awaits each as they walk through the threshold of the entrance.   But honestly, guests expect the greeters to be friendly.  After all, that's what they're supposed to do, right?  Yes, and they do it well.  But what about the congregants?  Just because we don't have a yellow lanyard and nametag doesn't mean we shouldn't be welcoming.  If you think about it, we should probably be even more friendly.  Your lanyard-less welcoming will often mean more to a guest than you know because you don't have a position.  Remember that this Sunday when you are waiting for the service to start and see someone you've never seen before or have seen but have never connected with.  Make it a point to welcome 2 or 3 or 4 people each week.  Can you imagine what would happen if a third of our people took that challenge?  I can.  

I know how amazing you are.    

-Pastor Jamie Tickel
Lead Pastor
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