Church members wishing to become greeters should contact their church office administrator. The church minister reaches out to potential greeters and asks important questions, such as "Why do you want to be a greeter?" and "Are you good with people?” The minister approves all greeters with the right people skills. Some churches require greeters to undergo specific training to help them learn how to best fulfill all of their obligations.
Church greeters play an important role within the church. Greeters are expected to keep the church service flowing without issue. They also make the first impression for new visitors, and this can determine if the visitors return for more services or never come back again. A kind smile or friendly “hello” often makes all the difference in someone’s church experience. Greeters are an established element in the church for members that attend regularly as well; their ongoing presence creates an atmosphere of familiarity and comfort. Typical duties for church greeters include welcoming guests as the enter service, opening doors, seating guests and passing out church materials. Another responsibility for church greeters is to prove assistance to women with young children and the elderly. Greeters should be warm, friendly, and willing to help the congregation in any way possible.