The Role of a Church Usher
Do you have ushers at your church? You most likely do; and they can often be found at the doors of the church before service starts or at the back of the church during the Pastor's sermon - ready to lend a helping hand. 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 plates, showing people to open seats if necessary, guiding people to sunday school rooms, and whatever else they can help with. An easy way to spot an usher is if they are wearing white usher gloves. Someone who is an usher should be a strong Christian, having deeply rooted values. Many people, both visitors and members, will be interacting with the church ushers and how they perceive them has a great impact on their view of the church. Ushers should help make the church a more comfortable and safe place for visitors. In fact, ushers are often compared to the gatekeepers in biblical times. Below is a verse that gives us some insight as to how important and necessary gatekeepers were.
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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