For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10
Bishop Patterson and his wife Co-Pastor Dr. Francene Patterson have a passion to welcome all those into the house of the Lord to give rest to the weary and place where the lost can call home. FBC Greeters Ministry is to prayerfully promote an atmosphere where all those entering the church will feel welcomed. The Greeters of FBC Sterlingperform a major role in ensuring that people see and experience love and acceptance from the moment they walk in the door.
Bishop Patterson and Co-Pastor Dr. Francene Patterson are accountable to God for the Souls that enter through the doors of FBC. It is through their No Nonsense approach in delivering the Word of God, that many are Healed, Delivered and Set Free!
Our Greeters are available to Welcome You into First Baptist Church of Sterling: A Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"!
Duties of the Greeter
1. Embracing newcomers - When you notice unknown guests, introduce yourself first, extend a welcome, and then ask for the visitors' names. Lead visitors to our Welcome Center and urge them to complete registration cards. It is especially important that you make a record of each visitor as this is an important source of new members when properly followed up. Call over an usher or deacon and introduce the visitors to this person who will show them to a seat or help them find Children's Church or Adult Christian Education workshops.
2. Take an interest in people -We depend on our greeters to make First Baptist more personal, and to be the first to exhibit the love of Jesus Christ. A warm, loving and sincere greeting is the first stage in setting the atmosphere for worship, and a critical stage in exhibiting the family-like feeling that is so important to Christian fellowship.
3. Listen for deeper needs - People come to church both with every day needs (acceptance, day care, employment, friendships) and burdened with hurts, disappointments and personal crises. As you have opportunity, steer people to those in the church family to whom they can turn for help-the pastor, ministry leaders, housing counselors, church administrators etc.
4. Distribute materials - The role of a greeter has more to do with relationships than mechanical aspects like handing out flyers. At the same time, making sure people are informed is also important! Providing visitors with a welcome packet, weekly announcements and other materials that help them understand the culture at First Baptist helps people envision themselves as a part of our church and quickly shows them where they may be helped or be of some help
Interested in being a part of the Greeters Ministry?
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