Door Greeter Qualifications

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Door Greeter Qualifications
What does a person need to do, in order to be an effective door greeter? Is this job just for anyone? Find out!

Door Greeter Qualifications

“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand (elsewhere). I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalms 84:10, KJV)

Every church, big or small, needs at least one door greeter. What does it take to be a door greeter?

Can anyone do that job?

Qualification #1

The first qualification is that you should have a sense of being called. It’s a great responsibility to be a door greeter. It’s not for the faint of heart or for the unprayed. You are going to need spiritual discernment. It’s not just a worldly calling. It’s a spiritual one.

Qualification #2

The second qualification is that your heart must be in it. Don’t step near that door if your heart is not in it! Your job is not to bring anyone down, but to lift them up as they step through that door.

That door is the gateway to blessing. When everyone’s hearts are aligned with receiving the blessing (which has a lot to do with expectation), then they will be in a much better position to receive it.

This does not mean that the preacher, and others, do not also have their jobs to do, for they do. But you, as a greeter, are an essential part of helping each person be aligned with receiving the blessing, as they walk through that door.

Consequently, depending on what you decide to do, you, as the door greeter, have the ability (and the privilege) to be used of God to increase the amount of blessing received.

Say what?

Blessings can go either way. If I encourage someone, they will be encouraged. If I discourage someone, they will be discouraged.

One of your jobs, as a door greeter, is to encourage each person that enters in through that door, so that they feel encouraged to worship the Lord with gladness and with expectation.

God is a good God and wants to bless each person who enters in through that door.

Do you believe it?

I hope you do, because your job, as a door greeter, is to help them to be expectant to receive that blessing.

Qualification #3

The third qualification is that you must not exhibit personal anger, bitterness, a sense of bias, or personal judgment, towards any person that comes in. There must be no hindrance in this respect, for you are to genuinely love each person who enters in through that door, and desire their best.

As an example, you might meet someone whom you disagree with on a political, theological, or other level. These things need to be set aside as a door greeter. None of this should ever interfere with your desire to encourage that person as they enter in through that door.

Morally speaking, you might also encounter someone who does not share the same moral views as you do. Maybe they are not biblical. Once again, these need to be put aside, as a door greeter. Each person must be loved and received as someone who is welcome to come and worship. This does not mean you have to agree with their view. But they have come to worship, and God may touch them.

God may touch each of us, at times, to bring healing to wounds that we may be carrying (or to simply correct us). There are many wounded souls who may (hopefully) pass through that door. As well, there are many people who may need correcting who will pass through those doors. We ourselves need correcting, sometimes!

Therefore, as you are sensitive to God, with each person that passes through, they will feel welcome in your midst. Then, they will be in a better place to be able to receive that healing touch or word of correction from the Lord!

There is a “caveat,” however, to not judging. If you happen to encounter someone whom you think may pose a threat to another person, or a danger to the church, or to themselves, then of course you will need to report this to the appropriate person.

There may also be times when you simply suspect that something is “off”. You should probably pay attention to this, because God might be speaking to you.

Therefore, if you suspect something is “off” or is “not quite right,” then of course, you will need to report this, as well, to the appropriate person. God could be alerting you to a danger, as the very first line of defense in the church building.

Your job is important, and the security of the entire church is important as well. Therefore, this job as a door greeter is certainly not to be taken lightly. For people’s lives might actually depend upon it.

Qualification #4

The fourth qualification is that you must be sensitive. Although people are here to worship, they also have different needs. Some have been going through quite a struggle. Do you know what that struggle is? Probably not. But it doesn’t mean God can’t speak to you. He may lead you to encourage them in one way or another. Speak life and speak encouragement to each one, as God leads you. You will need to be sensitive to hearing God’s voice.

God sometimes speaks in a whisper, so the door greeter will really need to learn to be sensitive to each person. This part is tricky, because people are individuals. Even the way you greet them will likely often be different, depending on God’s leading. If it’s the same for each person, all the time, then you are surely “out of step” with the Holy Spirit and not listening to him.

This is not a job for a pre-programmed robot but for a human who is connected to God in his or her spirit. You must be able to flow with the Spirit in carrying out that job.

Yes, I realize this is a difficult part. You might not get it right on the first try, but with practice comes perfection. You will definitely learn how to be sensitive to each person that comes in.

Qualification #5

The fifth qualification is that you must be wise. Just because you are flowing with the Spirit doesn’t mean you can do anything.

Be respectful.

Be courteous.

Be polite.

Do not engage in any form of behavior that would be inappropriate for a Christian (this should go without saying).

In short, be mindful that you want to ensure that you maintain a high standard of behavior that will give the church a good reputation.

It is an awesome thing to be a door greeter a very awesome responsibility, indeed!



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