A church usher can make or break your worship service. The difference between a grumpy, distracted, and untrained usher compared to a cheerful, engaged, and “serve you with a smile” usher is huge!
I’ve always loved the usher team; it was one of my favorite ministries to lead. The usher’s role is so important but often undervalued, undertrained, and less than organized. A church usher are a tremendous force in setting the tone for worship and helping to prepare the people to hear and respond to the Word of God.
(This post is adapted from a portion of our Usher Training Manual, which is available as a free download.)
A church usher is a spiritual ambassador for your church – God’s ordained and organized body of believers. Each usher serves as a “first representative” of Jesus Christ for a worship service. Though we all love the creative edge of our worship services, make no mistake, this is a holy event where God is meeting with His people.
From the tabernacle in the Old Testament to the temple and synagogue in the New Testament, God’s presence and the teaching of His word is of supreme importance.
Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Exodus 40:34
They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Mark 1:21-22
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. John 8:2
Who Can Serve as a Church Usher?
In the same way that not just anyone can be on the worship team, work in children’s ministry or lead a small group, not just anyone can be a church usher. The right gifts, passion, and ability make a big difference.