"Will I be welcome? Will I sit in the wrong place?" These are both questions I ask myself when going to a new church. Believe it or not, I am an introvert. I hate walking into new situations--which is exactly where I found myself last Sunday. I had Zach & Shanna's children and took them to their church--where Zach is worship pastor. It's usually not uncomfortable for me because I have Zach & Shanna to sit with. But I was solo Sunday! I walked in (with very few people knowing me) and at least 5 strangers greeted me before I ever entered the sanctuary. Then as I was seated and the songs began, a woman next to me leaned over and introduced herself to me. She asked me my name and instantly recognized my last name (there are two Dietz's on staff) and told me she loved my family. I settled into the service feeling welcomed, loved, known.
Isn't that what we all want--and we fear it isn't waiting for us at church? It also encouraged me to up my game!! How about you? We need to welcome each person who walks into our churches. We need to ask people to sit with us...ask questions...get to know our visitors. We need to take guests to lunch! I can do those things--even as an introvert, which is no excuse.
If you live in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area, I highly recommend Evergreen Church!!
Let's love our guests--and long-time members--tomorrow!!!