I want to commend you, NEHBC, for your warmth and hospitality to guests and fellow members when we gather together. Recently, an author and retired pastor visited more than 100 local churches as a “secret shopper” to evaluate their hospitality of strangers. He then sat down and wrote a book he titled, What In Heaven Is Going On At Church? by Buddy Griffin. One of the churches he evaluated without our knowledge is NEHBC.
He rated the NEHBC Sunday morning experience in the Top 10 of the over 100 churches he evaluated!
He called me to tell me about his experience with us. He specifically mentioned our Parking Ministry – who greeted him before he got near our building, our Door Greeters, our lobby Information Booth and guest hosts, and our Worship Center Ushers. While seated in the Worship Center someone came to talk with him. He also noticed the warmth between those he perceived to be our regular attenders. He talked about how the warm reception shaped his perception of our entire worship service and the sermon.
Great job, church family. Thank you for loving strangers. Thank you for believing hospitality is a New Testament characteristic of a local church. Thank you for understanding the direct role of hospitality in preparing worshippers to hear the sermon and the gospel.
Let’s continue to consider others more significant than ourselves!