Yep. All these people are new to church.
That’s a lie.
But, every church has a different way on how they think is the best way to greet new people to their church.
You know. It’s that awkward point of the service when the pastor asks, “Is there anyone here that is new to this church? Please raise your hand and we would love to welcome you.” Please stop doing this. Nobody can seriously like this.
There’s also the “bring the new folks into a different room before/after the service so we can find out all about them” church. I hated those rooms back when we were visiting churches and maybe you did, too.
Then there’s the “new people to church” dinners. You get free food out of this deal, but you sit at a table full of people that you’ve never met before and most likely have nothing in common with. This whole time is spent trying to make up a bunch of small talk. Maybe some people like this sort of thing.
That last one is my favorite because of the free food.
Maybe these are the best ways out there, but for some reason I think there has to be something better. I think we just stick with these because this is what we’ve always done.
I’m searching for new ideas.
How does your church welcome “the new family”?