Last week I shared the first of three unique customer service experiences that can offer lessons to help you better prepare for the first-time guests God will send you.
Today, I’ll share my second experience.
Customer Experience #2
“Sorry, we can’t ship that.”
After leaving the Nashville airport, my wife and I had a very enjoyable breakfast at a Southern biscuit place. The owner recommended we visit his other place, a gift shop offering homemade jams and jellies that they could ship anywhere in the world. My dad happens to love homemade jelly so we went in search of a gift, and found what I thought was the perfect gift basket that we could easily ship to North Carolina.
Or so we thought. The lady in the shop told me, “Sorry, we can’t ship that.” They only shipped in certain small FedEx flat rate boxes and it was not possible to ship the gift basket. This was shocking — to my knowledge, FedEx doesn’t have a limit on the size of the box you can ship!
At the moment the lady in the shop refused to ship our gift, she represented everything about the business. It didn’t matter that I had met the owner at the restaurant. All the good will the owner had built up, it was torn down because of this one negative experience.
Think about these folks who interact with your congregation: the person who answers the phone at your church office, the person who first greets your guests on Sunday morning, the person out doing a community service project. Whomever your guests meet for the first time, they represent EVERYTHING about your church.
The Bottom Line Lesson:
Remember that every person represents your church if they’re operating in an official capacity. Make sure they are properly trained.
Tune in next week for the final installment of this three-part blog series.
Your partner in ministry,
P.S. – To learn more about assimilation, click here for my resource The New Assimilation Seminar.
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