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Global Leadership Network UK & Ireland

GLN UK & Ireland

The Welcoming Church Part 1 – Offering Hospitality

People from all over the world define “Hospitality” in different ways.  The word ‘lodging’ means a room or rooms in the house of another used as a place of residence for a time. 

While hotels are often linked with the word ‘lodging’, our houses can also be linked if only we open ourselves up to the blessings they provide for others and for us.  The word, ‘hospitality’, could be more generally defined as, “the art of receiving another in your home for an hour, a day or longer”. 

“I returned to Wimborne and reported back to the church that I felt that the conference had been the most significant conference that I have ever attended.  I am now in a better place than ever to choose wisely between right and wrong in leadership matters. Thanks the team to organized the hospitality for us. Magnificent!” –Rev Richard Tulloch, St. John’s Church, Wimborne

When your church becomes a place of welcome, brothers and sisters in Christ rejoice. Consider the words of the apostle John:

“Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. You do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.” 3 John 5-6 (NIV)

Have you thought of starting a Hospitality Ministry? If your church receives visitors for any reason, the people of your church can benefit greatly in this life transforming activity. It’s a blessing for the Host as well as the Guest.  All one needs is the willingness of people in the congregation to open their homes, their hearts and their lives for a brief period of time.

 
For more information on how to start a hospitality ministry in your church, contact Karen Frisella, President of Joy Along The Journey, LLC a Christian Hospitality Network provider. Karen directed the Hospitality Ministry for the Willow Creek Association for over ten years.  She has a passion for helping other churches be a place of welcome to receive God’s people all over the world.  You can contact Karen karen@joyalongthejourney.com

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