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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Parable

This video makes me think about how guests perceive us. Do we look like this? I hope not!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Greeting and Grooming

As I read my lesson for a women's Bible study (Lioness Arising) this morning, there were a few things that stood out to me. The study shows us how we can learn Biblical principles by studying the lioness.

Lisa Bevere talks about how lionesses greet others. They have scent glands above their eyes that release the scent of the pride when they make face to face contact. Once they know that they belong, there is acceptance and belonging that puts them at ease so that they may grow together. There is provision and safety.

What does that have to do with us? Lisa tells us that if you enter a place of worship and are not greeted or there is no connection, you should probably find another church. Churches that don't connect or interact will not groom you for what God has for you.

Guest services is not just about greeting. It must go deeper than that. We must first welcome others in and then invest time and energy into them. Once we have relationships, we are then able to speak into each others lives. This is the grooming. It is not enough to just say hello.

Learning Experience

As I expected creating this blog has taken me sometime. I am not finished with it yet. In fact, I think it will be an ongoing thing. I really just wanted to get it up so that I could check one thing off my list. Now I hope to make some major improvements, but again, that make take some time - I am really not a techie person. 

I do have one comment to share from our 4 question survey. ( I hope more of you start filling them out!) 
A guest was asked if they prefer to be seated. The answer was YES, especially when the service has already started and the church is full. They like to be led to a seat so that they are not walking up front alone. Which brings me to another point. We need to ask our regulars to sit near the front and save the back seats for guests.