Anyone who has attended a church service is familiar with a welcome speech at church.
They can take many forms, be of various lengths, and be delivered by any number of different individuals. At the end of the day, though, practically every church opens up their service by taking a few minutes to focus upfront, share a few words, and kick off the service from there.
The question is, why do we give these little talks before a service? What are they supposed to accomplish? For many, especially those attending smaller, more intimate churches where all of the attendees know one another, an address of this nature can feel superficial, perfunctory, and, in a word, pointless.
And you know what? I get it.
When it’s treated as an unnecessary time filler, a church welcome speech becomes a useless item on the agenda. Instead of helping, it just ends up communicating inconsequential information to the wrong people.
In reality, though, your church’s opening words are a crucial moment in the service that should never be taken lightly, no matter how big your church is.
Allow me to explain why.