The Greeters Ministry at Eden Westside
Seven minutes seems insignificant. After all, what meaningful thing can you accomplish in just seven minutes?
Time-management gurus tell us that we can do lots of life-changing things in just seven minutes. You can fold and put away a load of laundry, clear the kitchen sink of dirty dishes, or even tidy a small half-bathroom in that length of time.
Productivity blogs tell us that we can actually make a significant contribution to our careers in just seven minutes. That’s enough time to shoot off a few important emails, have a constructive conversation with a colleague, or brainstorm in a personal journal.
Fitness instructors say we can get healthy in just seven minutes per day. Seven minutes of daily ab exercises helps tone the ole tummy, and a really fast runner can complete a whole mile in just seven minutes. The world record for the notoriously rigorous exercise called “burpees” is 161 burpees in seven minutes! Most people can’t do more than a few of those at a time without collapsing from exhaustion.
What can you do at Eden Westside in just seven minutes? Our greeters change lives, investing just seven minutes (or less) at a time.
Studies show that most people make a decision about whether or not to make a church their home within seven minutes of pulling into the parking lot. That means those decisions are sealed before they even hear a single sermon. If you’re depending on Pastor to bring in new members, he may never get the chance!
At Eden Westside, our greeters use that seven minutes to make a difference in the lives of the people who come to our church. Whether it’s the first time they’ve ever stepped onto the property of a house of worship, or have been in the faith for many years, greeters make them feel welcome, wanted, and worthwhile.
Lead greeter at our Eden Campus, Terri Turner, recently realized just how important this little 7-minute ministry really is, “I’m a ‘greeter’ at my church, Eden Westside Baptist. I stand outside at the top of our parking lot. I stand under a huge blue umbrella and welcome everyone. I’ve never questioned why, I just like doing it. Well today, I had a young friend visiting. He is 11. I was taking him to children’s church, but I had to greet first. After about 10 minutes he said, ‘I know why you’re out here. You’re just here to lift everyone’s spirits.’ Sweet boy! Yes, that is why I am a greeter.”
Our greeters don’t have to know lots of Bible verses by memory. They don’t have to have a degree in theology, or be able to list all the Apostles’ names, or even remember who wrote the book of Leviticus. What they do need is a heart for making people feel loved and welcome when they come to the house of God, whether that person is a saint of 30-plus years or a sinner in the depths of despair. They are all cherished and needed at Eden Westside Baptist Church.
What can you do in 7 minutes?
EWBC’s Greeters Ministry changes lives!
Our greeters help newcomers find out where to go (it’s a big campus!) and help them get their children settled into the right classes. They also shuttle members and guests to the building in our famous golf carts, as well as helping our senior adults cross the street safely from the senior’s parking lot across the street. Other greeters help by opening doors to our various buildings, by signing children in to our amazing children’s department, and by handing out bulletins as everyone arrives to services.
To learn more about becoming a part of the Greeters’ ministry at either campus, please contact Denise Miller at 205.338.7711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eden Westside Baptist Church is one church with two campuses: Eden Campus and Leeds River Campus.