The Role of a Church Usher
Ushers play a very important role to help church services run smoothly and to help visitors feel comfortable. Some of the things that they are expected to do include greeting people at the door of the church, handing out church bulletins, passing out and collecting the offering baskets, showing people to open seats if necessary, guiding people to sunday school rooms, and whatever else they can help with. The role of usher can be compared to that of the gatekeeper in biblical times. This position is given to someone who has a deep respect for the church and sees the overall mission that the church is hoping to accomplish. They are called to a high standard of how they live their lives as Christians, as they know they are examples to others around them.
1 Chronicles 9:17-21
"17 The gatekeepers: Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives.
Shallum was their chief; 18 he was previously stationed at the King's Gate on the east side. These were the gatekeepers from the camp of the Levites.
19 Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah and his relatives from his household, the Korahites, were assigned to guard the thresholds of the tent. [a] Their ancestors had been assigned to the LORD's camp as guardians of the entrance. 20 In earlier times Phinehas son of Eleazar had been their leader, and the LORD was with him. 21 Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was the gatekeeper at the entrance to the tent of meeting."
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