World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Church usher

Article Id: WHEBN0014441344
Reproduction Date:

Title: Church usher  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: General Intercessions, Altar crucifix, Dominus vobiscum, Preface (liturgy), Agnus Dei (liturgy)
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Church usher

In many denominations of the Christian Church, a Church usher is the first official representative seen when entering the church. The role of the usher in church is a volunteer position, and is often considered one of honor, particularly if the church or a church committee member selects an usher by nomination.

History

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)

Jesus' disciples can 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.
  • Cleaning up after a service, such as the Feeding of the Five Thousand.

In modern times

In modern times, the church usher has many duties. Depending on the church's denomination, size, and preferences, ushers may perform all, some, or a few of the following:

  • Greet people entering the service
  • Seat attendees (though it is common for attendees to seat themselves)
  • Collect the tithes and offering
  • Keep order at the entrance
  • Clean and prepare the Church
  • Distribute bulletins and service programmes
  • Look out for the pastor or visiting speakers

Ushers are required to be punctual and time conscious as they are required to be in the church far earlier than the rest of the congregation, who may still be at Sunday school or before or during sabbath school. Since they are part of the service, they need to meet early in order to pray with the clergy. Adequate spiritual preparation by the usher ensures a service full of the presence of God..

Christian living

Ushers, are the ones who stand at the door, greet, and distribute pamphlets, can be considered an ambassador for the church, and a key part in the Body of Christ. The role is supposed to continue long after the church has adjourned. The life of an usher should be an example of Christian living in everyday life. Daily conduct should be in line with the word of the Christian God, the Bible, and the Ministry of Jesus.

See also

External links

  • How to Usher in a Church - wikiHow
  • Plusline:Usher Ministry Description


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.