Church usher

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In many denominations of the Christian Church, a Church usher (not to be confused with church greeter) is responsible for seating guests and maintaining the order and security of services. The role of a church usher is typically a volunteer position, and in the past was often considered one of honor, particularly if a church committee selects an usher by nomination.

History[edit]

The concept of an usher is not new. In the Old Testament, there were positions addressed as "Doorkeepers" or "Gatekeepers", and their roles were very similar.(2 Kings 22:4) (1 Chronicles 9:17-27) (Psalms 84:10)[citation needed]

Jesus' disciples could be considered ushers, in the sense that they:

  • Prepared the way for Jesus
  • Kept order among those listening to Christ
  • Served food to the audience
  • Cleaned up after a service, such as the Feeding of the Five Thousand.

Organization[edit]

Churches often have a group of people that work as ushers led by a head usher. The ushers typically receive their instructions from the head usher. The head usher receives instructions directly from the pastor and is responsible for training and scheduling ushers.[1]

Dress[edit]

Traditionally ushers wore three piece suits.[2] In most contemporary churches, a more casual dress style has become acceptable.[2]

Duties[edit]

The church usher has various duties. Depending on the church's denomination, size, and preferences, ushers may perform some or all of the following:

  • Seat guests
  • Collect the tithes and offering[1]
  • Distribute communion[1]
  • Keep order at the entrance of the sanctuary
  • Distribute bulletins and service programs
  • Provide security[1]
  • Administer emergency procedures[1]
  • Handle disturbances[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Church usher manual". www.pastoralcareinc.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  2. ^ a b "The Church Usher's Vital Priestly Role". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2017-07-06.

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