7 Do's and Don'ts of Welcoming Guests to Your Congregation

by Melody Maxwell. Lifeway , January 20, 2014.


This article draws from the author's experience visiting various congregations to offer seven actions they can take to be more welcoming to guests.


four positive suggestions and three "don'ts"

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and hospitality team



Practical Applications

  • Train new members of the hospitality team using this article.
  • Create a welcoming environment for guests by following the suggestions outlined and using this article as a checklist.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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