Welcoming Guests in Our Congregations
Welcoming Guests in Our Congregations
Membership Growth & Outreach, Hospitality

Be more intentional about the welcome extended to guests who come to our congregations each week. Here are some resources that can help:


  • "Does your church put out the 'welcome' mat or the 'do not disturb' sign?" asks Gary L. McIntosh's book Beyond the First Visit: the Complete Guide to Connecting Guests to Your Church. This gives an important look at your church through the eyes of a first-time guest.
  • Widening the Welcome of Your Church: Biblical Hospitality & the Vital Congregation by Fred Bernhard and Steve Clapp discusses compelling welcoming issues from being a caring host, to welcoming children, youth, and young adults, to considering physical facilities and worship, while offering useful checklists to aid us in widening our welcome to all.
  • Daniel Homan and Lonni Collins Pratt's book Radical Hospitality: Benedict's way of Love has become a classic text for exploring what it means to be truly welcoming to others, both at church and in all of life.

A Unitarian Universalist Primer

Patricia Frevert
From Skinner House Books
Introduces Unitarian Universalist prayers and readings, including the seven Principles and six Sources, chalice lightings, and more. Also available as an eBook.

For more information contact growthresources@uua.org.

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