Meeting someone for the first time can be awkward. Both people involved probably have all kinds of questions and insecurities running through their minds: What do I say? What if I forget his name? Will she like me? Do I have a piece of food in my teeth? Moreover, going to a new church and meeting a whole bunch of people for the first time can be intimidating and uncomfortable. Thankfully, awkward and scary first introductions are non-existent at WordServe, largely due to our awesome Welcome and Greeter team. These hospitable, friendly folks lovingly ensure that guests and members of WordServe feel like they belong every Sunday morning. Chris Roberts, one of our faithful greeters, never fails to offer a smile, an encouraging word, and a big ol’ bear hug–only if you want one, though!
Why do you serve?
It’s part of what we’re called to do–to give of our time and resources.
It helps to connect two pieces of WordServe’s overarching strategy: the Serve element of Compassion and the foundation of relationships that make up Community.
Why do you serve on the greeter team?
I serve on the greeter team because God has given me the gift of hospitality. While I don’t possess the skills to operate”our Mike’s” set of power tools, I feel I have something to offer in this area. At a high level, I enjoy the challenge of building relationship bridges. I also enjoy the camaraderie of the Team and the selflessness that everyone exhibits. That selflessness is prevalent in the challenges of coordinating pretty dynamic schedules, but always done with a lens of grace, and a “let me help” attitude. Pretty amazing group.
How do you stay joyful?
Even though I fall short of “staying joyful” 24/7 or even 12/7, I think greeting someone with a smile, or better yet a hug, has a tendency to help us focus on the positives every day. I also want to be sure that we’re putting our best effort toward making a warm and genuine first impression to those who may not know WordServe (especially if their default positions may lean toward cynicism), to show them genuine transparency, and demonstrate how Life is Different at WordServe. I might also add, it’s easy to stay joyful when the leadership of this committee, past and present, is so committed to making it a success.
How do you see lives being made different by what you do on the Greeter team?
I ultimately hope I’m making a small difference, but how I quantify that is really not up to me to fully understand or measure. By the way, there are lots of folks at WordServe doing much more, especially from a time commitment. At the end of the day, I want to do my part. Some days, that means one more link towards building a vibrant relationship. Other days, that’s somebody walking up to me and giving me a hug first!
Thanks to Chris and our other greeters for welcoming every person with kindness and a smile!