Luke, chapter 11, verse 10: “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
As an usher team member, our objective is to strive to greet and usher each person entering our Church in a way that will make that person feels highly welcome.
2. Mission Statement
Matthew 28:18-20 – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Therefore it is our mission to witness to all people about Jesus Christ through the ushering ministry for His glory.
Ministry verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24
The Ushering Ministry of WIN-Ireland will be composed of the following components:
- Head Usher (Ministry Head) – Sis May Jalop
- Usher Captains / Assistant Heads – Sis Adeliza “Bing” Ramirez, Sis Mary Grace Geroche, Bro Sunday Cleofe
- Ushers assigned to ushering teams – Bro Gerardo “Bong” Arrogante, Bro Dolorosisimo “Jojo” Geroche, Sis Maria Theresa “Tess” Grigore, Sis Celia Valdez, Bro John “Jun” Padua, Bro Anthony “Ian” Ramirez, Bro Rafael “Raffy” Escano and Bro Samuel Lamb
The authority of the Usher Ministry flows from the Pastor, Service Coordinator and the Leadership Council. During the Service, the Pastor (with the support of the Service Coordinator) has responsibility for the direction of the Service. The Usher Captain in charge of that Service will respond to the requests and directions of the Pastor, who may utilize the ushering team present in any manner he deems appropriate.
3.1. The Head Usher
This may be the Ministry Head, or in his/her absence the Relationship Department Head, or someone else raised up by God whose call to this ministry is recognized by the leadership of the church. He/she should be a member in good standing in the church, and have ushering experience. He/she should possess the kind of leadership qualities that would edify the ministry of the Usher, promote the ministry within the church and establish ushering of the highest standards.
3.2. The Usher Captain / Assistant Head
An Usher Captain shall be an experienced Usher with leadership qualities and a member in good standing of the church. He/she shall head one ushering teams and be responsible to the Head Usher in practice and directly to the Pastor during his/her assigned service (Sunday and other special Services).
3.3. The Usher (the front liners)
1 Chronicles 26:8b – “…were capable men with the strength to do the work”
1 Chronicles 26:12 – “These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their chief men, had duties for ministering in the temple of the Lord…”
An Usher is a recognized man of God who serves the church by enhancing the worship Service by the carrying out of the duties. As a representative of the church, he/she should be a member or at least a regular attendee and adherent in submission to the leadership of the church. He/she provides a friendly, cheerful greeting and maintains order in his/her section according to the policies promulgated by the Pastor and the Leadership Council.
Four Kinds of Ushers:
- Float through the worship hall looking for open seats and walk people to them.
- Pass out regular Sunday programs.
- Be aware of open areas and suggest to worshippers
- Close doors at the start of service.
- Be available to direct people to bathroom/ toilet.
- Open doors after final song to allow congregation to exit
- Control the going out of children.
- Collect offering if needed.
- Communion is served on the 1st Sundays.
- Please make sure that after the communion service collect all plastic cups and place in the allocated table.
4.1. The ministry of Ushering is a vital part of our church ministry. Ushers represent the church in a very visible way, and help set the tone in preparation for the worship service, as well as assist with the smooth operation within the service. With this in mind, ushers need to come prayed up so that they can be prepared to minister in each and every service.
4.2. While people enter the Sanctuary, ushers should also give a warm greeting, calling people by name when possible, and helping them with seating once the Sanctuary begins to fill up. This may include asking people who sit near the aisles to move in toward the center of the section when others come to be seated. It also involves keeping aware of where the vacant seats are within the particular section.
4.3. Folks should be kindly asked to wait for the completion of the prayer, before they will be allowed to enter the sanctuary at the start of service. When someone needs to leave the service after it has begun, the ushers should be sensitive as to when they would be permitted back into the sanctuary. Perhaps the person would be asked to sit in the back for a few moments until an appropriate time for them to move. These guidelines are designed to minimize distractions for others who want to enter into worship and/or listen to the preaching of the Word.
4.4. The offering will normally be received from the front. One (1) Usher must be assigned to look for the safety of the offering basket until the end of the service which will be counted then by people in-charge.
4.5. Programs and information pockets must be ready before the start of the service.
4.6. Plans are being made for ushers who are on duty to sit in a marked reserved seat near their particular station. At the close of the service they will be prepared to open the doors and greet the folk who immediately leave the sanctuary. If they wish to sit with their wife/husband or other members of your family, they may invite them to sit where their reserved seat is located.
4.7. If name badges/ ID’s are available the Usher Captains will make them available to the ushers who serve in their respective services.
4.8. The encouragement of ushers who are presently serving, as well as the recruitment of future ushers is a responsibility that can be shared by all of those presently serving. Ushers should take time to become acquainted with other ushers with whom they are serving, and always be on the lookout for brethren who would be capable of serving, asking them to pray about it, and receiving permission for their name to be given to one of the Usher Captains or the Head Usher.
4.9. Ushers should never be reluctant to ask questions concerning various aspects of the ushering ministry. These questions will help the Usher Captains address an area of need, as many others will no doubt have a similar question.
4.10. The dress requirements for the ushering ministry may at times seem inconvenient or perhaps uncomfortable. However, not only does it add dignity to the ministry, but also provides unity as well as less of a distraction to people who are gathering to worship. If this is a sacrifice, certainly who are willing to make it will be blessed as they do it as unto the Lord.
4.11. Even if detailed policies have not yet been worked out for emergency situations, ushers need to be ready at all times to respond as directed when there is a disturbance, illness, or other situation that requires special attention.
4.12. It is the church’s sincere hope and prayer that three teams of ushers will be developed. Each of these will consist of people who are committed to this ministry, not merely brethren who are spontaneously called into action in a particular service. This will require a certain level of discipline and determination to be faithful to the Lord and his/her church, being accountable to the leaders that are being raised up. It will be required that ushers present themselves to their appointed place on time, and in a very consistent manner. Each person involved should be diligent to pray and believe that the strengthening of this ministry will be effective, with the result of great blessing for the entire congregation that gathers at our church.
G – Go the extra mile.
U – Understand needs.
E – Exceed expectations.
S – Seek out guest contact.
T – Treat them as Christ would.