BIBLICAL BASIS FOR SIDES-PERSONS
Is there any known case in the Bible where sides-persons/ushers were used? The answer is a big yes. We read in John 12:20-22 for instance as follows:
“Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the fest. They came to Philip who was from Bethsaida in Galilee with a request, Sir, they said, we would like to see Jesus. Philip went to tell Andrew. Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
In this example quoted from the Bible, we see Philip and Andrew playing the role of Sides-persons – pointing people to Jesus Christ. Note also that the situation was at a worship setting, where people were gathered.
The following people also ushered others to know and believe in Jesus.
- Philip again used the “Come and See” Principle to attract Nathaniel to Jesus. Ref. John 1:43-51.
- The Samaritan Woman who met Jesus at Jacob’s well used the same “Come and See” Principle to escort her town folk to Jesus. Ref. John 4:27-42.
- Jesus himself played the role of Usher with the same principle “Come and See” to win two of John’s disciples to himself. One of them was Andrew. Ref. John 1:35-42
VISION OF THE SIDESPERSON
- To ensure best quality service in a very high professional manner.
- To deliver best quality service in a high professional manner.
- To point people to Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, as the best quality service.
- To show compassion and nurture fellowship
It is believed that this manual will help Sides-persons to know that their work is very important in the Church. Nobody should look down on it and think that it is no work. The Church expects every Sides-person to be serious with the work. It is one of the lay ministries of the Church which must not be toyed with. The Head of the Church Jesus Christ is watching and Sides-persons will give account of their stewardship on the Day of Judgement. Ref. Revelation 20:12-13.
Sides-persons play the role of being the first impression of our Church, and therefore promote a favourable opinion towards our faith, the Church and congregation we serve. They can therefore be fittingly described as the “Public Relations Officers” (PROs) of the Church on worship days and other Church programmes involving the entire membership of the Church. Remember always that we are working for God and must ensure that it is HE and HE alone who is to be praised and glorified.