What do I do as a leader? Now, you might see this and feel like, Hey, I’m not a leader. I don’t need to watch this video; let me hold you up right now, we’re all leaders, and we’re all called to lead. And so, but understanding that maybe you’re not the team leader or that top person, you’re just more of a, hey, tell me what to do person. And that’s great. But listen to this entire video because you’ll get an idea of what the leader does on the welcome team. And this is helpful for you to know so that when questions come up, you’re trying to figure out, you know, why do we do this? Or who do I talk to above this? This is very important, so you know what the leader does and what needs to be set up. And maybe if you’re, you know, not a leader, and you’re watching this, you’d be like, these are some easy stuff that’s going on, I can probably do some of this. And I don’t want to be called a leader. And that’s okay. That takes up some of the responsibilities.

And so this video is going to be more of a responsibility like, this is what goes on. So I wanted to share that with you ahead of time. So you’re prepared for what’s going to happen.

So this is what the leaders do on Sunday on Sunday morning. So what I mean by leaders is that we have team leaders every week that lead the team. Most of you who serve on the team know who the team leaders are each week and their seasons, where we have new ones, new leaders in their seasons, where you know, the leader still there has been, like someone like Doug Doan who’s been serving on the welcome team for years. So this is what a typical leader will do when they show up in the morning. Most leaders show up about 45 minutes before the service starts. So 45 minutes before the service begins, the team leader comes in, unlocks the front doors, they turn on all the lights in the lobby if they’re not on already. And then they open up the gathering room door. So those doors that enter there open those up, and ensure they’re wide open. And then, they make sure the walkthrough light is on. So as you go into the walkthrough because a walkthrough light is in there, and then they check the Usher room to make sure that that was stocked with, you know, stuff like tissue paper, or, you know, whatever the needs are for that day, they want to make sure all the name tags are there, and so forth. So when that team leader does all that pre-check stuff, then he’ll go and look, he or she will go to look at the rosters who are going to show up that day? Who said yes, I’m going to be there, and who are tentative are going to be there? They can look at the roster and then begin to assign roles like, hey, I need three people front door and three people at the main entrance, the auditorium doors, a couple of people, I guess services, they can look and see. Okay, these are the people I have. I know they’re going to be here, and then their check and look to see if anybody’s new to circle and say, oh, gotta spend a little bit more time with this person. Or at least have someone talk to that person so they can help them, you know, in the training process of just being a welcome team leader.

And so once the team shows up, the team is given the assignments, right you’re told what to do where to go. And then, the team leader leads the group in a time of prayer, which is usually a couple of minutes, and we pray, and then everybody goes into their locations to serve. And then during the service, they’re just monitoring what’s going on in the lobby, making sure that as people walk into the auditorium, the ushers can see if there’s, if we come in a packed house, then we can try to maneuver some areas. So when new people come in, we can say hey, you can sit here. Here, let me direct you to some seats. So the leaders watch all this and make sure that if he or she needs something, they can go and fill a void if that’s necessary or go and find help if that’s helpful.

And then, during the middle of the service, they will take attendance. So meaning they will count how many adults are in the big room and how many kids are in the big room. They go to the leaders serving in the kid’s ministry to count how many leaders there are and how many students there are so that at the end of the day, we can have accounts, you know, who’s been showing up. And then, during the offering time, once the offering backs up past, the leader goes upstairs with another co-leader, and they count the money, put everything in an envelope, and then give it to the finance office so that they can be prepared to do their final tallies on Monday.

And so this is what the typical day of a leader does. So after they give that all up at the end of the day, they will, as the service ends, though, he or she will tell a couple of people to go into the auditorium and clean up the area. They will grab all the cards or pens and put that away. If there’s purses or, or jackets or anything that’s in there that shouldn’t be in there, we take all those out to make sure that if anything is lost, they can, people can come back and be like, Hey, I left my bag there or left lost my gloves, we can have them any trash that needs to be picked up. There’s usually a group of people. So this leader will assign someone to do so and clean it all up.

And so, the typical serving day for leaders is usually 45 minutes before service and then about a half hour to 45 minutes after service. So I wanted to give you a clear picture of what the leader does. If you are a leader and anything that I did say you’re not doing or maybe forgot to do over the last several years you’ve been doing it, then let’s have a conversation and rebuild some of these things. Because a lot of the things that we do, we do it because, you know, we’ve been doing it for years and some of the things we forget. And that’s okay; let’s just clean this up. And so I want to let everybody know what a leader does on a Sunday.