Welcoming the Stranger – Again.

Will Willimon (Bishop in the United Methodist Church) has posted on how some churches have been focusing on increasing their attendence ratio (i.e., actual attendence figures by comparison with membership numbers). He includes something which I’ve been banging on about both privately and publically – the need to be welcoming. At least some church leaders are getting it. Specifically, he speaks of:

• Mike Skelton (InnerChange) and Mike Edmondson (Helena) who both stress the need for a culture of hospitality.
• Mary Bendall (Tuscaloosa First) who has initiated a fine program that trains greeters and hosts to begin the welcoming of guests right from the church car park.

Well done! Keep up the good work!

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