Helpful Guide For Student Greeters

Jessica Torres (on the HSM team) is responsible for mentoring and shaping the final weekend of the You Own the Weekend teaching series in our ministry. She’s been coaching her Tesoro High School students on a great greeting ministry and shared some great thoughts with them this week. I asked her if I could share them here on the blog – thought it might be helpful in your ministry setting, too:

Before the service

  • Everyone be in “places” 10 minutes prior to service starting.
  • Open doors 5 minutes before service starts.
  • Greeters in room – encourage students to “move in”, carry bulletins and pens in hand.
  • Greeters at doors – welcome students, pass out pens and bulletins.

During service

  • There must always be a greeter in the theater by the doors welcoming and passing out pens/bulletins to latecomers.
  • Quickly help students coming in late to find a seat.
  • Sit with a student who is alone and be engaged during the service (singing, listening, taking notes-you are part of setting the mood).
  • Be available to pass out pens/bulletins to students we missed as they entered the theater.
  • Don’t be afraid to politely ask “chatty” students to please step outside if they wish to have a conversation.
  • DO NOT stand in the back of the theater blocking the doorway.

End of service

  • Make sure to prop doors open right before the service ends. Be in position before all of the students are dismissed.
  • All greeters be at doors at end of service to collect pens.
  • Clean theater. Pick up trash, pens, etc. that might be left on the floor.
  • Make sure you’re all stocked up with pens/bulletins for the next service. 
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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin is high school pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. He’s the co-counder of and host of the Youth Ministry Garage Podcast. He's authored more than 20 youth ministry resources and is the author of "99 Thoughts for Small Group Leaders" with Doug Fields. Josh is a father of 4 who speaks a little, podcasts a little, Twitters a bit, and blogs a lot. You can find him at!