As we march towards our March 4th new service launch (read about new schedule) we've been working, planning and thinking our way through WHAT we have to do to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We expect a lot for our guests - it's our desire that their Hyde Park visit isn't "just" a church visit - we literally want their Hyde Park visit to be an EXPERIENCE! The kind of experience that leaves couples looking at each and saying, "WOW! That was even better than I expected it to be..." and children begging their parents to bring them back.
When people visit our church we have ONE CHANCE to impress upon them that this is something worthy of a weekly visit - this is something that they and their family "desperately" need.
Which is why we're working on improving HOW we do WHAT we do. We (you, our volunteers) do a lot of things good but we also realize (especially me) that we can always stand a little improvement to make sure that we are making a person's visit meet the requirement stated above. Here's what I've been working on:
- "FIRST IMPRESSION TEAM" - The first impression we make to our guest is not something that happens on the platform - Pastor's message (although the most important thing that happens weekly is the explanation of the gospel message) IS NOT our 1st impression.
Neither is our first impression the music (which I strive to make the best 1st Impression that we can musically). As important as our music is to what we do, it also is not our 1st impression.
It's not the KIDZ PLACE, KIDZ KONNECTION, 252 or our adult SS/Small groups (although each one is vitally important to our weekly offering).
Our "First Impression" is made in our Parking, Greeting and Guest Services. Those who work in these ministries are the front line of Hyde Park - they have the opportunity to prepare people for what will happen in the auditorium in a greater way than I EVER will!
Those of you who work on these teams are my heroes - I appreciate you so much.
So here's some exciting news about your ministry - We are bringing GUEST SERVICES / PARKING / GREETERS AND USHERS under one umbrella (one department, if you will) and naming that ministry our "FIRST IMPRESSION TEAM (F.I.T.)". I have asked Laura Sampson to serve as our F.I.T. coordinator. Laura's ministry will be working with the leaders of these teams to make sure that you have plenty of people to serve with you when you serve. She will help organize recruiting, training and scheduling with team leaders, hopefully ensuring that we do all that we can to make a Hyde Park visit an "experience". I'm excited that Laura agreed to serve in this capacity with us as I believe that this is something the "FIT's" her so well.
For those of you who read this but don't yet have a ministry at Hyde Park, we want you! You can be a part (a HUGE part) of making a persons first experience a great experience. There are so many opportunities for you to be involved with the "First Impressions Team" (F.I.T.). See, you don't have to be a singer, small group leader, teacher or preacher to be an important part of what happens here on a weekly basis. It takes an enormous amount of people to do what we do every weekend and BEGINNING MARCH 4TH IT WILL TAKE EVEN MORE. This is a great opportunity for you to get connected and use what God has been teaching you in the lives of others. If you're interested in serving contact Laura here.
Next time we'll be talking about improving our communications ministry (those of you into graphics and video - this will be 4 you!)