Church Usher Job Description

Church ushers are responsible for welcoming parishioners into the church. The job description of a church usher describes how the individual serves the church through hospitality, courtesy, and educating visitors.

Position Description

A church usher serves a very important role in the church by creating a welcoming environment and setting the tone for every parishioner’s personal experience with their church.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Church Usher

  • Attends all church services.
  • Stands at the church’s entryway and greets church visitors as they arrive.
  • Escorts individuals to their seats or directs them as to empty seats in the sanctuary.
  • Helps those who need special seating or accommodations.
  • Collects tithes at the appointed time during the service.
  • Reports to the pastor and church deacons.
  • Distributes pamphlets, church bulletins, and literature on the church to visitors as they arrive and as they depart.
  • Keeps the entry area clean and clear of debris including snow, mud, leaves, and other environmental detritus that might arise due to inclement weather.
  • Keeps individuals and items out of the aisles to allow easy traffic flow and conform to fire safety codes.
  • Represents the church by keeping a smiling face at every service.
  • Assists with parking for individuals who need to be dropped off at the door or may have additional mobility issues.
  • Arrives at least fifteen minutes before every service and remains after to help clean up and socialize with lingering parishioners.
  • Makes introductions between new visitors and regular church members.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be committed to the mission and goals of the church.
  • Must have a strong desire to serve the congregation and the church as a whole.
  • Must be comfortable with all individuals.
  • Must enjoy initiating conversations with strangers and friends alike.
  • Must have a good head for names and faces, able to remember regular visitors and personal details.
  • Must be able to help organize the church seating area.
  • Must know the organization of the church and be able to give directions to visitors to the Sunday School classrooms, nursery, and restrooms.
  • Must be a leader and willing to take on additional responsibilities as they come available.
  • Must be pleasant, courteous, and friendly, able to start up conversations naturally and easily.
  • Must have natural networking skills, able to bridge connections between members and visitors.
  • Must dress professionally and conservatively to avoid offending any visitors’ sensibilities.
  • Must be able to anticipate visitors’ needs and do everything possible to meet them.
  • Must be responsible as there will be some money-handling.

Education and Experience

  • No education required.
  • Training will be provided by the church officials and former volunteers.

Work Environment

  • Time is divided between service at and outside the entryways to the church and attending to needs during the service.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time interacting with visitors.
  • Must be comfortable working in all kinds of weather, both inside and outside.

Salary

  • Most positions are volunteer or elected by the congregation.
  • May receive a stipend at the discretion of the congregation and pastor.

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