Christ calls every member of the church into ministry. The church is “a kingdom of priests” (I Peter 2:9). As an usher, you are a minister of hospitality and caring in the church. Every Christian believer is called to ministry, gifted by the Holy Spirit, and in baptism ordained for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).
When people come to church they are sometimes burdened, sad or discouraged. Each person, member or newcomer, comes with the hope that the Sabbath will be an experience of uplift and inspiration, a time of renewal and celebration. The skillful usher helps to make this a reality for those in attendance. They give a warm welcome to worshippers at the entrance/gate and assist worshippers who may need help to their seats. They also assist in whatever capacity to ensure that worshippers are comfortable and that their needs are met during the service e.g. directions to the toilet, assistance to nursing mothers e.t.c. They maintain order during meetings and services. They minimize distractions such as crying babies or ringing mobile phones during service. They co-ordinate flow/direction of people during ministrations and specialized services. They liaise with other departments in inter-related activities..
Duties of an Usher
- Know where the restrooms are.
- Know where and what ministries are going on
- Avoid long conversations (also with other ushers).
- Make the people, members and guests, feel welcomed and important.
- Must always wear a smile
- Know where available seats are when the church is filling up
- Cover for your fellow usher when needed.
- Find a replacement if not able to usher when scheduled. Advise team captain.
- Keep movement to minimum at all times especially during altar call.
- Make regular checks throughout building facilities to make sure no one is wondering around in halls.
- Keep sanctuary doors closed during service time, control incoming and outgoing crowds.
- Do not be angry with a church member
- Greeting people in a warm way makes them feel good about their presence in church
- Receive certain offerings, delivering them promptly to the treasury department of the church
- Maintain an alertness for any emergency that may arise, relieving the need or contacting the person(s) needed to provide the proper assistance.