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10 Ways to Make Church Guests Feel Welcome

  • Lindsey VanSparrentak Contributing Writer
10 Ways to Make Church Guests Feel Welcome

While I was in college, a local church offered me a hospitality internship. My goal was to attract new guests, create a welcoming environment, and develop a process that ultimately leads guests into membership.

Easy, I thought. I'm studying hospitality management and marketing…how hard could this be?

Sweet, naïve Lindsey.

My confidence was quickly shaken as I realized how hard it is to change an entire church culture. I struggled for an entire semester, pushing and pulling and fighting against antiquated ideas of hospitality.

But I can assure you that creating a welcoming church is a challenge that is well worth the effort. Making a positive first impression encourages guests to return next week. The more second and third-time guests, the more likely your church is to see long-lasting growth.

To save you from enduring some of the pain I've experienced, I present my top ways to make church guests feel more welcome:

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