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How much attention do you give the church welcome segment in your service?
If you are like most churches, the answer is little to none. I mean, it’s only a few minutes anyway. How much time should we spend planning something so short and insignificant? And isn’t a “welcome” just a transitional element so the band or choir can get ready?
Time - Watermarke - Church - Welcome - Segment
You might be shocked to see how much time at Watermarke Church we spend evaluating the welcome. It is only a three-minute segment of our 60-minute service, but like every facet of our service, we desire it to be excellent, intentional and strategic.
We discuss every phrase we use. We evaluate the energy we bring. We consider how our words might be heard or interpreted by guests and non-Christians.
Ways - Welcome - Watermarke - Message
In some ways, communicating a three-minute welcome at Watermarke is as stressful as the 35-minute message!
Here’s a quick “welcome” in action: WATCH HERE. Come back after you watch so I can explain what you just saw!
Welcome - Element - Service - Part - Problem
The welcome is a difficult element in the service. Part of the problem is the allotted time. We typically allow three minutes. We are sticklers about time, so when a three-minute segment runs six minutes, it impacts ALL the programming in the church (the babies know exactly when the service was supposed to end!). The other issue is the amount of information we hope to communicate. There’s information for guests, announcements and more.
So how can you make your church welcome...
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