Ushers' Union

Deacon Ronnie G. Robinson, President

20th Anniversary

 Rev.Richmond was outstanding as our guest speaker. Deacon Johnnie Pettiford (usher emeritus) served graciously as our Presiding officer. He reminded us (in an eloquent manner) of the rich and royal history that we as ushers share. The capstone of our celebration was when all ushering teams honored Sister Mary Vanhook with gifts and words of love and appreciation. Her Pastor (Pastor Davis of Mt. Zoar) spoke of the loving and everlasting bond that exists between them. A grand time was had by one and all.


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Ushering with a Purpose


  • Ushering with a Purpose by Jon BylerOverviewUshering is practiced in some form in nearly every church in America. Every Sunday thousands of persons are involved in ushering or greeting. Yet, we do very little training for those involved. This session is designed to serve as a starting point for training ushers and greeters.Lesson objectivesBy the end of this lesson the participants will… Gain a deeper appreciation for the value of the ministry of ushering and greeting Understand the purpose of ushering Have practical ideas for how to improve as ushers and greeters.  Introduction This session is designed to serve as a starting point for training ushers and greeters. While I recognize a distinction between ushering and greeting they will be used somewhat interchangeably in this training. The meaning of the word “usher” is to “direct or guide.”  We will use usher to refer to those whose spiritual ministry is to serve the worshippers by maximizing their worship experience. Key verses:  “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”  (Ps. 84:10).  Reflections from this verse…. The cry is for the Lord’s presence, not just being a doorkeeper. A doorkeeper serves as a control point. Why are people entering? To meet with God. This alone should bring high value to what ushers are doing. They are serving at a strategic point, directing and guiding as people enter into God’s presence. In so doing, they are a part of everything that happens in the service. They have a role to play in people being healed, saved, encouraged, and transformed.  Better one day in God’s presence than 3 years anywhere else. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.  11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1Pe 4:8-11)Ushering With a Purpose, Jon Byler, lecture notes p. 1