There’s nothing like walking into a new place and sensing that those who run the place thought of you before you got there. That they are actually excited to have you in their presence and they went above and beyond to prepare for your arrival.

Whether it’s walking into a fantastic resort as the doors are opened for you. Or it’s a house party that has the pleasant aromas and food prepared. Or it’s a venue that is awaiting to answer your questions and help you find your seat for the experience that is to unfold.

The opposite is also true. There’s nothing quite like walking into a place where it’s obvious that those in charge didn’t take a single thought or an ounce of consideration that you might be coming by, nor do they seem to care now that you’re there. It’s ice cold…and that’s not describing the temperature of the room is it?

The Church should be the most welcoming place on the planet. We have the Savior of humanity as our leader. This Jesus who welcomed all to himself. He was described to ‘welcome sinners and eat with them’. Snob, cold, or aloof would be some of the last terms you’d use to describe Jesus. How about we make sure they’re not words people would use to describe our churches as well.

Here we are – a few days away from launching our church in it’s new venue and what’s occupying my mind isn’t the details and logistics. It’s the ‘feel’ of our culture and the atmosphere that will exude from our people and what first time guests will experience. I’m so grateful for our volunteers who exude this welcoming vibe and interaction. And that we consistently get good feedback on our ‘welcoming factor’.  *We actually do survey’s to make sure we’re hitting the mark and seeing how we can make improvements. 

We need to be in sync with giving off the same warmth, love and grace that attracted so many to Jesus. People who follow Jesus, should reflect the demeanor, persona and vibe Jesus exhibited.

As you read through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life:

in his presence – everyone was welcome and each one mattered!

May our church and may THE Church exude such a presence in this world. People mattered to Jesus. People should matter to us. What matters more: tradition or people? people. What matters more: procedure or people? people. What matters more: systems or people? people.

Let’s welcome well.

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