|By: Paul Nickerson
|We were often told as children, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression!” Most first-time guests will make up their minds in 4-8 minutes about the welcoming atmosphere of a congregation. We cannot wait to greet people at the door. We need to be out in the parking lot, directing new folk where they can park, greeting them at the car door and offering an umbrella if it is raining. Every parking lot greeter needs to be trained to smile and offer a one sentence greeting that tells the newcomer about the mission of the church. Practice faithful hospitality and meet people the moment they arrive on your church property.