Ushering Ministry

Introduction

1 Cor. 14:40 “But let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner” It is primarily a ministry of love and joy, and a very important function in the local church which shows an interest in each person as an individual.

Psalm 84:10“I would rather be a doorkeeper at the house of my God”

The ushers are the first point of contact a visitor has with our church and should embody the spirit of the church by extending a warm, friendly greeting to every visitor, showing sincere interest in their comfort. 

DUTIES OF THE USHERS

  • Ushers on duty must be at their posts at least 30 minutes before the start of the worship service; you should wait for the people – they should never wait for you. Then ensure that all appropriate doors are opened and lights are on.
  • They shall escort members and guest to their seats hence help minimize distractions during services
  • Pay attention to where regular attendants sit; people have a tendency to sit in the same seat at each service. People will notice the thoughtfulness of the steward who remembers their seating habits and appreciate it.
  • Make sure worship guides (bulletins), offering plates, guest cards, and other needed materials are ready and available.
  • Assist people with information, materials, and seating as needed.
  • Make recommendations concerning safety and crime prevention.
  • Assist in emergency situations and crises.
  • To maintain adequate ushers for all regular services of this church. 
  • To serve as ushers for all occasions held in the sanctuary such as revivals, special meetings, etc. 
  • To have two (2) persons stationed in the vestibule during worship to greet the people at the entrance and to assist them in being seated at the appropriate time. 
  • To greet everyone warmly who comes into the building, giving special attention to visitors or those who do not seem familiar with our facilities. 
  • To investigate and act accordingly to the best judgment concerning any unusual disturbance during the services. 
  • It is also customary to place ushers at strategic points throughout the entire service, e.g. near the entrance of the Mothers’ room, to give direction to the Children’s Church
  • The usher should under no circumstances leave his position. If he is requested for one or other reason to assist elsewhere, he should summon the Head Steward. Depending on the size of the assembly and the building, there should be two ushers at each entrance.
  • The usher needn’t introduce himself to visitors unless they do so first. A self-assured, friendly greeting like “You are most welcome here with us; we trust your visit will be a blessed experience” is sufficient.
  • At least one usher should be at his post during the course of the service as well as afterwards. Although the Pastor greets the people himself at the main entrance, he often requires the assistance of an usher. Other exits should be manned by ushers who should greet each person, bidding them farewell. When a person, whether visitor or member, leaves the church during the course of a service, the usher on duty should escort the person outside without asking why the person is leaving; rather just wish him well with the words: “I am very sorry you have to leave the service so early”. Hopefully the person will then provide the reason on his own accord, which should later be related to the Pastor.
  • Upon arrival name tags and stationery should be collected from the Head Usher. Avoid crowding during services.
  • The main aim of each usher is to help with greeting and introduction of new arrivals into the “body of saints (believers)” in an orderly manner and with an attitude of love and joy.
  • Welcome people and show them to their seats.
  • Hand out cards and most importantly, give a brief explanation of what is involved.
  • When people are to be seated (especially strangers), the usher should recommend the best seating. He must never ask “Where would you like to sit?” for this may land him in a predicament.
  • When accompanying people, the usher leads at a comfortable pace, otherwise the people might “vanish” and, to his own embarrassment and the amusements of the teenagers, he will arrive at the seats alone.
  • People must always be accompanied to their seats and once the intended seats are reached the usher forms a ‘gate’ by placing the back of his hand against the back support of the chair or pew in front. IT IS AN UNPARDONABLE ERROR FOR  AN USHER  TO  DIRECT PEOPLE TO  SEATING BY  MERELY POINTING TO IT.
  • The usher should encourage people to sit near the front of the church as it is good policy to fill the church from the front, but the person who insists to sit at the back should rather be allowed to do so, than run the risk of him leaving the building.
  • It should be noted that an usher’s duties only end when the church building is totally vacated. During the benediction, all ushers again assume their positions at the rear of the church. Remember not to remove the name tags until all tasks are completed.
  • To help visitors feel welcome and to provide a means of making contact with them by giving them visitor’s cards.
  • To welcome new residents, obtain their addresses and to arrange for them to be visited
  • To obtain the addresses of visitors, to arrange for them to be visited on their request or to supply the information to the secretary to enable him to send them a card to thank them for their visit
  • To compile a list of all new residents and visitors and to arrange follow-up actions by those responsible
  • To supply the information regarding new residents and visitors who wish to be visited to the pastor/secretary and to enter their names on the visitors’ list
  • To sort and index the cards and hand them to the secretary who forwards them to the different sections for follow-up.
  • The cards are normally retrieved at the beginning of the service. Start from the front and work your way to the back – not vice versa.Once an usher has retrieved the cards in his block, they are handed to the Head Usher. Visitors’ cards and offerings must never be collected simultaneously.
  • The Head usher arranges how to give envelopes to members, and brings the collection plate infront. Remember the time and manner in which the offering is received, is left to the discretion of the Pastor(1Cor. 16:1-2)
  • Men should, as far as possible, be dressed decently (Matching jackets and/or pants) and the ladies in neat two-piece outfits or dresses (Uniformity of outfits). Do not wear flamboyant colours or clothes. REMEMBER you are the “showpiece” of the assembly.
  • Name tags are a necessity and all duties should be done wearing a tag. The following can increase the visibility and identification of a steward and ushers:
  • Name tags/ Corsages e.g.

    NB: It also gives persons more authority in the execution of their duties.  

  • He receives all completed visitors cards, does the first sorting and then presents them to the Pastor and the secretary respectively.
  • Fill the church from the front by Seating people near one another. This helps the usher to notice the number of empty seats in a row and accompany the people there. Ensuring latecomers are Seated at the rear to avoid any disturbance.
  • Rows marked: “Mothers and babies” or “Senior Citizens” are strictly for said persons.
  • It should be mentioned that both ladies and gentlemen can be used as ushers.
  • ushers should pay meticulous attention to their personal appearance because they are the first point of contact with visitors and their appearance will make a lasting impression.

Membership

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • They shall commit themselves to prayer and the study of the Word of God
  • They shall encourage the members to embark on evangelism
  • They shall identify locations/places where evangelism or crusades are to be held
  • They shall help obtain permits for outreach programs when needed
  • They shall help obtain materials that would be needed for evangelism
  • They shall help mobilize items that would be needed for evangelism to the various locations

USHERING Team Members

This committee shall be composed of at least nine (5) persons, one of which shall serve as chairman

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Contact us

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ushering_ministry@mtmchurch.org