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Church welcome speech sample

Our church welcome speech sample below covers the 3 essential elements of a genuinely welcoming speech for the visitors or newcomers in your congregation.

Graphic: Amy Burton - Songs of Praise

The speaker has:

  1. acknowledged newcomers
  2. given them an introduction to the core points of the congregation's beliefs and practice
  3. and warmly invited them to connect and participate in church life.

The speech is sincere, brief and will be easily understood by those who hear it.

Although it might appear simple this church welcome speech sample covers a number of potentially complex issues succinctly.

These are:

  • offering a welcome freely regardless of the visitor's motivation: - just looking or seriously considering the church as fitting their needs
  • removing unspoken questions through giving a clear statement about what's at the heart of the church. The visitor does not have to guess. They have something solid to base their decision making process on.
  • giving an invitation to discuss issues personally - "so if you ever feel like just another number, we're doing something wrong and I give you permission to tell me about it". The implication is powerful - you are valuable. I care, we care, enough about you to give you time. I am not above or better than you. You are free to tell me where I have gone wrong.
  • providing clear means of creating a connection. E.g. "fill out one of our connect cards" and completing a prayer request.
  • having a welcoming pack (in this speech it's a "bulletin") to give to visitors, something tangible they can take away that contains the church's essential details and contacts.
  • looking into the future, anticipating what's ahead if the invitation to join is accepted
  • honoring the guest - "allow us to serve you"

You're welcome to take, shape and change it to fit your needs.

Church Welcome Speech Sample

I want to take a moment to extend a very warm welcome to everyone who's visiting us for the first time this morning. Whether you're just having a look, or are searching out for a place to worship, we're delighted to have you here.

To give you some idea of what we're all about, I'll quickly sketch some of our foundational beliefs.

Our vision says this: Getting and growing people in relationship with Jesus.

So firstly, we're all about Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus was who he said he was, the Son of God who came and died for our sins. So if this is your first time in church, we hope that get to know Him as we do, because He's truly what life is all about for us!

Secondly we're all about people. Every person who walks through our doors is important to us, so if you ever feel like just another number, we're doing something wrong and I give you permission to tell me about it.

As a group of God's people we care about you and your family and we're here not only to feed you spiritually, but to help in any way we can. We love doing it and it's why we exist!

Thirdly, we're all about relationships. We hope to cultivate and grow meaningful and positive relationships between another, but also go further by getting and growing in relationship with God. Christianity is all about a Person, and less about a set of rules. That means that we exist to be in a relationship with Someone, that's Jesus, and merely not to obey a religion.

That's us in a nutshell!

I want to encourage you to fill out one of our connect cards that you'll find in the bulletin you got when you came in. Just write your name and e-mail or phone number on there, since we'd love to stay in touch with you and let you know about some exciting upcoming events we're planning for the next few months.

Also, if you've got a specific prayer request, please take the courage to write it down on that same piece of paper (there's a space for it), and put it in the prayer box at the back of this room when you leave.

We'd love to pray for you, but if you don't ask us, there's nothing for us to pray for, so I encourage you to make use of this opportunity and allow us to serve you in this way.

Enjoy the rest of your worship time with us, and God bless you!

About this example speech

This “Church Welcome Speech Sample” was written by Leon from, an ever growing online portal for public speaking tips, speech writing help and presentation techniques.
Leon is an actively committed Christian.

Other useful resources

Here's two more valuable resources to help ensure your church welcome speech does all you want it to:

  1. A study (Jan. 2012) by the Barna Group
    revealed that nearly seven out of 10 respondents (68%) said when they attend church they feel “part of a group of people who are united in their beliefs and who take care of each other in practical ways.”
    It's very interesting reading.
  2. If you're here looking for inspiration because you've been asked to be a church greeter, to offer words of welcome to visitors do check this link. Chris Walker from has neatly summarized 10 practices to welcome church visitors.

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