A word that can be talked about in church, but rarely is something effectively put into action.
This is probably because people get comfortable with their few select friends. The task of actually stepping out of a person’s comfort zone can sometimes feel like a daunting task. But, the reality of it is that many people don’t give a church a second chance if they don’t feel welcome.
On the other side of this is that the new guest should put in some sort of effort before giving up on everything. Pushing the shyness out of the way and giving it a go will probably feel out of place for a new guest, but some people are just more welcoming than others. Some ways to make this happen is to try small groups, church picnics, grab coffee with someone or invite people over for dinner. If you don’t see this in a church that you visit, then they probably have a spot on the team to orchestrate “community groups” just for you.
So, What is your experience with this?
What are some things that you and your church has done to feel new guest or even long term members of the church feel welcome? Or have you had a bad experience with church all together? Please share your experiences below.