and I’m an introvert.
The introduction and response above would be my way of introducing myself at an IA Meeting – Introverts Anonymous…
- Susan Cain’s Quiet is one of my favorite books…
- I’ve been told to come out of my shell so much I look like a turtle…
- Speaking in front of 500 people is less stressful than mingling with them afterwards…
I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
My passion for Guest Experiences may seem strange to those who think all Guest Services teams must be filled with outgoing people-persons. There is certainly a need for many of those types of people, especially in the more visible, front-line positions.
Not everyone must be a “people magnet” to serve your Guests. Many folks in our church have a passion to connect people to God and to one another, but they aren’t wired to greet Guests. Find a way to include them, for they, too, are invaluable to the success of a Guest Services ministry. – Mark Waltz
Mark Waltz, Pastor of Connections and a Campus Pastor at Granger Community Church, wrote the book on Guest Services – literally. Actually, he wrote 3 of them, and this “hat trick” of Guest Services books ought to be the first 3 books you buy when building your Guest Services Resource Library. They are: First Impressions, Lasting Impressions, and How to WOW Your Church Guests. Put them on the top of your Christmas list now!
In First Impressions, Waltz lists 8 ways that less gregarious members of your church can connect people to others and God through your Guest Services teams.
On the eighth day of Christmas Guest Experiences, your Guest Experience peers give to you:
8 Ways for the Introvert to Serve on a Guest Services Team
- Mail reminder postcards to team members
- Purchase or prepare food for serving teams
- Prepare programs for the weekend
- Set out parking lot cones and signs
- Pray for the weekend teams and Guests
- Update team rosters and profiles
- Coordinate systems that ensure all ministry information is gathered for the Guest Services center
- Stock the Guest Services center with information and registration jackets
How will you involve the quieter members of your Guest Services Teams?
inspired by and adapted from First Impressions by Mark Waltz