Ushers in the Old Testament were called doorkeepers (Psalms 84:10 - For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness). The role of a church Usher is a spiritual ambassador for the church. They provide an invaluable service to the church body, by guarding the sanctuary, and providing care for the needs of the pastor during the service. Ushers have a close relationship with God, providing a conducive atmosphere for everyone. Ushers must always be spiritually alert, standing ready to assist anyone in the congregation who might need assistance. It is important that an Usher be friendly, honest, and willing to serve.
- Must be committed to the mission and goals of the church.
- Must have a strong desire to serve the congregation and the church.
- Must be comfortable with all individuals.
- Must know the organization of the church and be able to give directions to visitors to the Sunday School classrooms, nursery, and restrooms.
- Must be a leader and willing to take on the responsibilities as they become available.
- Must wear their required Usher shirts as well as badges, so they can be easily recognized
Usher Responsibilities (Training will be provided by those currently serving in the Usher ministry)
- Collecting the tithes and offerings, and to make sure it is in the proper place.
- Prepare The Lord’s Supper (Communion).
- Have a goal of minimizing distractions during the music and sermon.
- Serve on parking lot duty when needed.
- Prepare the baptismal for baptisms.
- Ensure there are tissues available when needed.
- Attend to alter call ministry as people respond to the sermon’s invitation, and the call for prayer.
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