>> February 25, 2011

TIP #11: Get a system down for "unexpected guests". 

Unlike many jobs, pastors often have traffic at home because of their ministry. Like it or not, that often means that the PW gets the lucky role of last-second-hostess.

Of course, we hope your husband is sensitive enough to know when a drop-in guest would completely overwhelm your family. But lots of times a little down-home hospitality can go a long way in making someone feel loved. And isn't that what ministry is really all about?

So, if you don't already have one, the smart PW develops her own system for making unexpected guests comfortable.

You might have a linen closet that always has a clean set of sheets ready, or a yummy-smelling candle in the guest room, or a special way of leaving out fresh towels... Or you might just have a stack of fresh bedding that you spread out on the couch! It's totally up to you. 

However you do it, it doesn't have to be luxe. Just authentic and kind. It's about the spirit of warmth and welcome. And about paying attention to little things that make a guest feel at home.

Guaranteed, a warmly welcomed guest won't ever forget your kindness!
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