Have you ever met somebody for the first time and they didn't introduced themselves? That might leave you feeling a little awkward, right? Maybe even a bit offended? It could make you think they don't think you are worth their time, but it could be that they just forgot! I have to admit, I have been guilty of this on many occasions. I have learned that I shouldn't just assume they know who I am. Whether I have met someone before or it is the first time it's always nice to start with, “Hi! My name is Justin!”
I can't tell you how many times we have seen this happen in a church service. I'm sure that it is not intentional. People just get caught up in the moment and are focused on what they are going to say and forget to start with “Hi, my name is...” In my opinion that simple phrase is vital to every church service. It makes people feel welcome, puts people at ease and lets them know that you think they are important and worth knowing your name.
It doesn't matter if you are the announcement person, the worship leader or even the pastor, when you introduce yourself it puts everyone on the same page. You can't assume everyone knows who we are especially if you get up and speak every week. Yes, your name may be listed in the bulletin or on the marque out front, but it is always good to start with telling everyone your name.
It doesn't take that much extra time, or take away from what you are going to say or do. If our goal as a church is to communicate clearly and make sure people feel welcome and comfortable, we need to start with the simple phrase “Hi! My name is...”
Those are some of my thoughts, now I would like to hear yours! Please leave a comment here or on our FB page and let me know how it goes for you next time you meet someone or get up to speak.