Wow! These are special times here at Cook Baptist Church. God is moving in so many ways in the many ministries of our church. Thank you for your continued faithfulness and support in all areas of ministry. Let’s keep moving forward and finish strong!
As a coach would remind his players of the game, I would like to remind us of the fundamentals of being a genuinely friendly church. Let’s remember the simple principles below:
- Always seek to speak an encouraging word to our guests.
- Focus on our strengths and seek to improve our weaknesses.
- Be thoughtful and Christ-like in every relationship.
- Treat others as we hope others will treat us.
- Ask, listen and hear – to determine the felt needs and potential of each newcomer.
Four basic needs of people:
- The need to feel welcome
- The need to be understood
- The need to feel important
- The need for comfort.
Matthew 7:12 tells us “in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you…”
Stan Toler once said, “Every person in the church must understand his or her unique role in making ministry to guests happen.”
Luke 9:11 says, “But crowds learned about it and followed Him. He welcomed (emphasis mine) them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.”
William Easum said, “Assimilation begins in the parking lot, not when people return for a second visit or join the church.”
1 Peter 4:9-10 says, “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
I look forward to seeing you and your family this coming Lord’s day in family Bible study and worship.
I love you with the love of the Lord,