Amanda Stanton, director of guest services at Calvary Church in Clearwater, recently had the gigantic task of recruiting and training volunteers to greet guests who attended the Florida Baptist State Convention, which her church hosted last November.
Stanton said she normally utilizes 40 to 50 volunteers as greeters on any given Sunday morning, but for the State Convention she used 100 volunteers. She was able to offer community service hours to the high school students who attend Calvary Christian High School, which shares the church’s campus, and so many of them became her reinforcements.
Stanton said her guest services ministry emphasizes five values that help keep volunteers focused on their mission. At two large annual gatherings, she reminds volunteers of the values, thanks them for their service and shares stories of how they have impacted others with the care they show.
“It spurs us on when we start to get burned out,” she said.
What are other Florida Baptist churches doing to find the right volunteers for their greeter ministries? I go deeper into that topic in our March issue.
Nicol Kalil is the Jacksonville-based reporter for the Florida Baptist Witness. She can be reached via email at nkalil@goFBW.com