Deacon Ronnie G. Robinson is the current President of the Ushers Union of the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. Concurrently, he also serves as the Ushers Ministry President at Saint John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. And is the former 2nd Vice Chairperson of the Durham Interdenominational Ushers Union.
At St. John’s, Deacon Robinson also serves as a trustee and as a facilitator for the Men’s Sunday School Class, is the Men’s Fellowship Chairperson and is on their church’s Finance committee.
It is his relationship with these ministries that makes him uniquely qualified to serve as today’s speaker. Any ushers that has served with him knows that he is both passionate and is in tuned with ushering and that He has been a strong supporter of this ministry for many years. He has a great understanding of the ministry of ushering and a great appreciation of what it takes to put God first in ushering. Deacon Robinson is continuing on a path of progress for the ministry of ushering, and has a remarkable vision for its future.
As it relates to ushering, Deacon Robinson holds true to the following tenets:
1. The Ministry of Church ushering and welcoming is a sacred and powerful responsibility.
2. Church ushers are the “Welcoming and Hosting Committee” of the church they serve. He also stands on the premise that the church body needs a clearer understanding that they too, are a part of the welcoming ministry.
3. Church ushers must be Christ-like and have a spirit of meekness and humility.
4. A church usher must be well-trained in all aspects of the techniques of Church ushering.
Some of those who have actively mentored him in ushering with excellence are his Pastor Robert L. Daniels, Mrs. Laura Thorpe, Mrs. Phyllis Thorpe, Deacon Frank McCrea and Deacon Lola McKnight.
Deacon Robinson is a retired military veteran and the loving husband of Deaconess LaVerne Denise Robinson. They are also the parents of Dwight LaShawn Jones, Kenyatta Dwayne Robinson and Carmen Micole Robinson. They are also the proud grandparents six times over. He is an avid Green bay Packer and Clemson tiger Fan.
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.
People are coming to church from lots of different perspectives and experiences. Your welcome can help to prepare them to meet with God.
a. Monitor physical environment
Lighting should be as bright and cheerful as possible.
Temperature should be monitored carefully and adjusted as needed.
b. Deal with disruptions in the service
Ushers should be alert to anything that causes people to lose their focus on what God is doing in the service.
Several possibilities for disruptions:
A crying child
Your work does not end with the benediction. We also desire that people’s leaving be as pleasant as possible. This may vary from church to church, but think about how you can help people’s exit to be pleasant. Your work after the service has ended may not be structured the same as at the beginning but there are three areas to which you can be alert.
A. Look for needs.
Be alert to physical needs.
Be alert to social needs.
Be alert to spiritual needs.
B. Leave a good last impression.
A smile and word of cheer as people leave can be as powerful as your welcome.
Sample Usher’s Job Description.
To: All Ushers
From: Pastor’s office
Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am privileged to serve him with you. I want to work with you as ushers to improve the quality of our services. I consider your job a very important one which demands consistency, and effort to be done with success. I want to clarify what your responsibilities are and work with you to ensure that they are being fulfilled.
Responsibilities of the ushers:
1. To arrive 10 minutes before the start of the service ensuring that the forms, chairs, and speakers stand are properly arranged.
2. To welcome each person as they enter the service.
3. To usher people to their seats, esp. those who arrive late.
4. To collect the offering.
5. To shut the door during the time of prayers.
6. To be alert to any disturbance during the worship service. Your role is to assist the worship leader and preacher to maintain a worshipful environment. (Be especially alert to the movements of children and to the classrooms where sometimes they play loudly.)
7. To assist the pastor and elders in times of prayer ministry.
8. To give visitors the visitor's card.
9. To be available immediately after the service for passing out any material as needed.
Additional assignments of the usher coordinators:
1. To arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of starting time.
2. To ensure that the offering baskets, drums, etc. are prepared ahead of the service.
3. To assign each of the ushers to his/her post, giving each one the badges.
4. To make sure the badges are returned.
Greet people with a warm smile and welcome handshake. Make them feel special.
Collection of the offering is a sensitive issue. Make sure it is done with openness. The ushers should place the bags behind the table where they will be collected by the deacons.
Do not try to be in the choir or another position of responsibility when you are on duty.
After the service starts no more than one usher needs to be outside. The others can be positioned in strategic places inside.