It might seem silly to church folks to think anybody would not know which door to go in to attend worship.
The reality is that many of our church structures have a myriad of doors and it is not readily apparent which door one should enter to attend worship. Regular ‘ole church folks take it for granted that everybody knows what door to use.
Can you imagine as a guest coming to a church for the first time, driving up a little bit late and you get our of the car and you do not know whether to go in the side door, the front door or the back door. After trying the first set of doors and finding they are locked said guest may just turn around and go home to watch the pregame show or or catch “Joel!” on TV.
This simple issue of hospitality can be remedied through effective signage. A church might have effective signs on the building or near the building clearly directing guests which door to enter to go to worship or the multipurpose space or some other place. This is important to remember as well when the church has multiple worship services that meet in two different places.
This is also remedied by having parking lot greeters and outside the door greeters before worship begins who hang out for a few minutes even after worship begins. Even after they go in at least a guest will have the signage.
Some may think it silly or too much work to have greeters or too expensive to have signage. Think about it this way though…what if that person who is coming for the first time is giving the church and God one more chance and they get frustrated because they don’t know where to go in. What if they are on the brink of hurting themselves and are turning to the church but the church found it too hard or too expensive to ensure they were welcomed.
Then that is on us as the church and shame on us. We need to do all within our power within the bounds of the Gospel to ensure persons are welcomed to our churches so they might experience the life changing power of Jesus Christ.