[Editor's Note: As we get closer to the return of college students and continue to adjust to our one-service format, the welcome team has compiled a hospitality decalogue to help guide us toward being accommodating and welcoming on Sunday mornings.]
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
of Sunday Morning Hospitality
I. Thou shalt arrive rested
Get plenty of rest the night before so that you’re ready to serve and learn.
II. Thou shalt prepare with prayer
Pray for the services before you come and that God would use you to influence or minister to someone that morning.
III. Thou shalt arrive early
A host needs to be present to welcome and entertain guests.
IV. Thou shalt consider others when parking
Make it a point to graciously pass up the prime parking spots for the benefit of sojourners that may have more serious needs or who may be visiting. Park on the street if you can. If needed, you can drop off at the portico and then park the chariot.
V. Thou shalt seek out the stranger
Initiate conversation with, and learn something about someone that you’ve never met before (you may even find yourself inviting them out to lunch). Be prepared at all times to share the gospel and/or your personal testimony.
VI. Thou shalt have ears to hear
A good conversationalist listens well before formulating a response.
VII. Thou shalt consider others’ needs
Give consideration to other people’s needs before your own. Be alert for visitors and keep yourself informed so that you are equipped to help them.
VIII. Thou shalt be considerate of other ministries
As hosts, keep in mind the morning’s agenda. We are to facilitate the meeting (worship, preaching, etc.) not distract from it. If you’re in a conversation in the lobby when service begins, consider moving to a more private location.
IX. Thou shalt consider others when sitting
When choosing your seating, leave the back rows open for those that have special needs and for late comers. Also, sit toward the center of the section, leaving the aisle seats open for others.
X. Thou shalt leave late
Don’t make a beeline for the door after the service or class. After picking up your children, if needed, talk to someone—make yourself available.