1. Provide Leadership and Team Building for the Team:
Responsible for leading and managing the ushering team, a church usher should possess strong interpersonal skills and leadership qualities. This includes effective communication, listening to others’ opinions, problem-solving abilities, and being a role model for other members of the team. Through leading by example, the usher can help cultivate a cohesive and hardworking team.
2. Identify and Train One or More Assistant(s):
Having an assistant usher can be helpful to coordinate multiple duties that need to be handled during the service. An assistant should also be available to provide leadership when the head usher is not present. The assistant should possess similar skills as the lead usher, including excellent communication and problem-solving abilities.
3. Recruit New Ushers:
The church must keep recruiting new ushers in order to ensure adequate coverage for all services and events. The head usher is responsible for finding qualified individuals who have the potential to become strong leaders and role models within the church community.
4. Organize Meetings:
The head usher should regularly conduct meetings among the ushers to discuss any necessary changes, assignments for upcoming services and developments affecting the church. Additionally, these meetings give the team a platform to provide feedback or ask questions.
5. Lead Pre-service Meetings and Prayer:
An integral part of any service is the pre-service meeting. During this time, ushers must be informed about their assignment for that particular service, as well as given instructions on proper attire, seating arrangements, etc. The head usher is responsible for leading these meetings and opening with prayer.
6. Provide Current and Rapid Communication:
To ensure all duties are carried out correctly during services and events, it is paramount that ushers maintain constant communication with one another. This can be accomplished through the use of text messages, emails, or other efficient modes of communication. The head usher is responsible for implementing and facilitating these channels.
7. Encourage Your Usher Team:
The head usher should recognize the hard work of their team members and show appreciation for their efforts. Showing encouragement helps to cultivate a positive team environment and encourages others to continue performing at high levels.
8. Help Maintain Quality and Standards for all Usher Functions:
It is important that quality standards are met for all services and events conducted by the church. The head usher must ensure that each member of their team is properly trained in order to prevent any mistakes from occurring.
9. Guide Special Circumstances as they Arise:
During each service, the head usher must be prepared to handle any challenges or unexpected occurrences that may arise. This involves staying alert and being able to take charge when necessary.
10. Create Solutions to Challenges and Difficulties that Occur During Service:
The head usher is responsible for problem-solving on the spot in order to provide solutions that work best for everyone involved. This includes finding ways to adjust seating arrangements, locating lost items, or dealing with disruptive individuals who may arrive during services.