Welcoming people to church is a very important part of our ministry. It can be a very nerve-wracking thing to come to a new church, let alone if no-one comes and talks to you. Failure to warmly welcome can put people off in the blink of an eye. The flip-side of this, of course, is that good welcoming does wonders. If people have a good experience when they visit a church, they will not only be much more willing to connect in an ongoing way, but they will experience something of the prodigal love of God. Welcoming is a profoundly Christian thing to do because God, in Christ, has welcomed us all into his family. There is no one who does not deserve to be warmly received when they come to church.