Welcome One Another: A Handbook for Hospitality Ministers

Welcome One Another: A Handbook for Hospitality Ministers

by Paul E. Hoffman

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We once believed that as a majority culture in North America everyone knew all there was to know about a church and its surroundings. This certainly is no longer true in a post-Christian North American culture. Most people in our towns and cities, in the neighborhoods and surrounding countryside of our church properties are completely mystified about who we are, what we do, and who is welcome—or not.

Hoffman’s inviting prose, which includes many practical proposals, will expand your notions of who hospitality ministers are and why they matter. His own compelling experience suggests that the rewards of our efforts to welcome the stranger will deeply enrich our congregational ministry and our relationships with one another and with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506416083
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2016
Series: Worship Matters
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 355 KB

About the Author

Paul E. Hoffman is a pastor, author, and teacher. From 1996 until 2013, Paul served at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. There he and the congregation pioneered a modern adaptation of the church's ancient way of bringing new Christians into a life of faith. Now retired, Paul teaches and writes about this process.

Table of Contents

1 It starts in the parking lot: That most important first welcome 7

2 Greeters in the gathering space: The hub of hospitality 15

3 Orchestrating order: The ministry of ushers 27

4 There's more: Sending the community to serve 37

5 Coffee hour: This is (also) the feast of victory for our God 43

6 A final word: The importance of welcome 53

Appendix 57

For further reading 61

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