My wife and I (Danny) recently returned from some time off. We traveled on a cruise to Canada! We had a great time and relaxed and ate much!
Thought I'd share some things I observed while on the cruise that I think can translate to church planting. I'd love to hear your opinion. Be sure to comment below!
1. Customer service - Customer service on cruise ships is phenominal. From when you first arrive, you're greeted and welcomed everywhere you turn. They really go out of their way to make you feel welcomed.
In church planting I think this would relate to how our greeting and hosting teams function. When people first step foot into your church or small group, do they feel welcomed? Or do they feel shunned and ignored? Is your church a club where only insiders are welcomed or do first time guests feel comfortable?
I think that if churches would do this better, it would lead a first time guest to being a regular attender that could invite more first time guests. So, how's your hospitality? Is your welcome/host/greeting team like the staff on a cruise ship or like the staff at your local DMV?
Look forward to hearing your ideas on the matter. Comment below! I'll post a few more blogs on church planting lessons from a cruise ship soon!
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