At our congregation we are blessed to have visitors with us every Sunday. Many are visitors who are vacationing in our area and they come from a variety of congregations throughout the country. We are blessed and thankful that they choose to worship with us when they are in our area.
We also have a number of visitors from our local community. They are here for a multiplicity of reasons. Some are looking for a friendly congregation; some are just looking for a friend. Some come expecting to find what they have experienced in the churches they have been in before. Many are surprised that we do not have instrumental music or other forms of worship to which they have been accustomed. We want to make a good impression on these visitors. And like it or not, often we only get one shot.
What do you want these visitors to see? What will be seen in our Bible classes? What will be seen in the worship assembly? What will be seen in the parking lot and the foyer? What will be seen at a fellowship meal?
The preacher is on trial. Will he be entertaining? Will he be witty? Will his message be relevant and practical? If he is preaching to members, how will it connect to visitors?
The Bible class teacher is on trial. Does the lesson demonstrate prior preparation? Will the lesson connect to the needs of members and visitors alike? Will it make the text or topic come alive?
The song leader is on trial. Will his songs be moving or slow? Will the selections be hymns or spirituals? Will they inspire all to engage in worship and praise?
The members of the congregation are on trial. Friendliness begins in the parking lot. Courtesy shown to guests by moving to the center of the aisle, being on time, and being helpful is a priority. Getting out of our “comfort zones” is never easy, but necessary for connecting with visitors.
The entire church is on trial every Sunday. Will we pass the try out? It might be good to make sure each member is here to find out the answer.
Bruce was born in Warren, Ohio in 1959. His father, Emanuel Daugherty, is a gospel preacher. He married the former Gayle Gleaton of Fairview, Georgia in 1981. He and his wife have two sons: Mike age 28, lives in Chicago, working in the advertising community and Vince, age 25 who is married to Tiffany and teaches high school in Daytona Beach.
Bruce received his B. A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1981. He received his M. A. in Church History from Harding Graduate School of Religion in 2006.
Bruce served as an associate minister for the Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Church of Christ from 1981-1983. He was a missionary in Cervignano, Italy from 1983-1990. He preached for the Beville Road congregation in Daytona Beach, FL from 1990-2000. He preached for the 10th & Clairmont Church of Christ in Cambridge, Ohio from 2000-2011. In November 2011 he returned to Beville Road to serve as their preacher. He has held gospel meetings in Florida, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. ,.......more
What you can expect when you visit.
• Our next Fellowship Meal will be on October 15th instead of the 8th after the morning worship service.
• The Friday Night Bible Study will be on October 20th at 6:30 PM in the annex. Please bring finger foods.
• The Mt Dora Chicken Dinner will be on Friday, October 27th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
• Check the bulletin boards for activities at Area Congregations