Simple way to make a positive first impression

how to make a positive first impression


One way to positive first impression

Not long ago, the church we were at closed up. That is a long story in itself, but it put me in the position of needing to find a new church to attend. Because my job is now outside of the church, I was simply looking to find a church for my family to attend. If we decide to get back into ministry, that will come at a later time.

Right now, family is first.

We have visited quite a few churches over several months time. Visiting around, I was pleasantly surprised at the first impressions in some churches, and unfortunately surprised at some other not so pleasant first impressions.

 So what would I see if I came to your church? Would I like it? Would I want to come back?

First impressions stick- when is the last time you considered what first impression you make?

I did decide that among the small things you can do to increase your chance at making a good first impression is very simple, and anyone can do it.


Smiles are not over-rated

It is amazing how much can be communicated through a simple smile.

A smile is a warm invitation.

A smile can set nerves at ease.

A smile says welcome.


Conversely, the lack of a smile also communicates a variety of messages.

I don’t want to be bothered.

You are not that important.

You should be thanking me.

It is true, some of these thoughts may be extreme, but face it: a smile (or lack of) communicates volumes!how to make a positive first impression

If it is up to me, I would choose to smile, because of all the positive messages it conveys. And if it is up to you, I think you should smile at me when I visit. I want to know you care. I want to feel safe. I want to trust you. A smile goes a long way to communicate these messages.

If I came to your church, would I see smiles? Is there something other than a smile that would make a better first impression? Feel free to post a comment with your thoughts.

About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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