If you’ve been asked to take on the role of MC for your church, you want to do a good job of it…
But if you’re just starting out, you’ve probably got a few burning questions like: What is a church MC exactly and what does a church MC do?
Don’t worry – you’re at the right place.
This beginner’s guide is here to address all your queries about the role and duties of a church MC.
Let’s get started!
What we’ll cover:
- What Is A Church MC?
- 3 Reasons Your Church Needs An MC
- What Does A Church MC Do?
- A Full Church MC Script You Can Use
- 13 Tips For Being A Great Church MC
Before we dive into what a church MC does, let’s define what a church MC is and look at why you need one.
What Is A Church MC?
The church MC, also known as the church emcee or service host, plays a pivotal role in orchestrating a seamless church service.
This individual is entrusted with the responsibility of warmly welcoming guests, delivering announcements and skillfully managing transitions to ensure a smooth flow and an engaging worship experience for the entire congregation.
3 Reasons Your Church Needs An MC
An MC serves as the guiding force, ensuring every moment of your Sunday morning service resonates with purpose and connection.
Here are 3 compelling reasons your church could benefit from having one:
1. You Welcome Guests Well
Your church needs to be ready to make church visitors feel welcome.
The church MC plays a pivotal role in being the friendly face and the reassuring voice that offers a heartfelt welcome to both newcomers and regular members alike.
2. You Keep The Service Flow
Whilst the worship team leader is focused on their worship set and the preacher is focused on delivering their best sermon, you need someone who can handle the often overlooked inbetweeny moments.
3. You Set Expectations
Whether it’s preparing people for worship, opening hearts to receive the message, guiding the congregation in giving tithes and offerings or shining a spotlight on your outstanding Kids Church program – you need an MC.
Their skilful direction ensures everyone is not just present and going through the motions, but fully engaged in every part of your service. They help turn every moment into a meaningful experience for all.
Now you have an idea of what a church MC is and why you need one, let’s run through what they actually do…
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What Does A Church MC Do?
Here’s a breakdown of what an MC does during a typical service:
🤗 Welcome Everyone: Set the tone by introducing yourself and welcoming everyone.
Check out these 10 church welcome speeches you can use.
➡️ Tell People What’s Next: Give a quick overview of the service so people know what’s coming.
🙌 Get Ready For Worship: With the worship team standing by, get everyone on their feet and invite the Holy Spirit to touch hearts.
🎤 Introduce The Speaker: Whether it’s your pastor or visiting speaker, tell people who the preacher is and welcome them to the stage.
💵 Give An Offering Talk: Share a short message on giving and pray. Feel free to use these 25 tithe and offering talk ideas.
📣 Share Announcements: Let people know about upcoming events and how they can get involved in the life of your church.
🛑 End The Service: Officially end the service on a high note and dismiss everyone.
A Sample Church MC Script You Can Use
Good morning [Church Name] family! I’m [Your Name], and it’s great to see you all here today. Whether you’re a longtime member or a first-time visitor, we’re thrilled to worship together.
Tell People What’s Next
Get ready for an incredible service! We’ll start with a powerful time of worship, followed by an inspiring message from [Speaker’s Name]. It’s going to be good!
Get Ready For Worship
Let’s stand together as we prepare to enter into worship. Let’s open our hearts and invite the Holy Spirit to move among us. Feel free to lift your hands, sing out, whatever you feel comfortable with and let this be a time of encountering God in a real way.
Introduce The Speaker
Amazing, thank you worship team! Now, it’s my pleasure to introduce our speaker. A person who is devoted to bringing us closer to God. I know today’s message is going to stir up our faith. So without further ado, please join me in welcoming [Speaker’s Name] to the stage.
Give An Offering Talk
Wow, what a powerful word. Thank you so much [Speaker’s Name]. Now let’s take a moment to talk about giving.
Giving is a beautiful act of worship, and it supports the various ministries of our church. As we prepare to give this morning, let’s reflect on the blessings we’ve received and the impact our generosity can make.
Just a few important announcements this week. [Share upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and any important announcements]. And we’d love you to get involved! If you want to find out more visit our Connect Lounge right after the service.
End The Service
As we come to the end of our time together, I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of you again for joining us. Have a blessed week and we look forward to seeing you same time, same place next week!
And that’s pretty much it! The role of an MC in your local church might differ slightly from this so feel free to tweak as needed.
13 Tips For Becoming A Great Church MC
1. Get There Early
Arriving early allows you to review the order of service, familiarise yourself with the environment, check technical equipment, run a sound check and ensure everything starts on time.
2. Dress The Part
As the MC you’re the face of the church so you want to dress to impress.
In some churches, this might mean putting on a suit and tie while in other churches a T-shirt and ripped jeans are the way to go.
Your outfit sets the tone for the service so try to reflect the overall vibe and energy of your particular church.
3. Speak To The Preacher Beforehand
It’s a good idea for the church MC to connect with the speaker, especially if it’s a visiting one, well before the service kicks off.
Why? Well, for starters, you want to find out a bit about them and ensure you’re pronouncing their name correctly!
Secondly, a quick chat allows you to grasp the essence of what they’ll be sharing. Knowing the theme or key points of their sermon will help you give a more informed introduction and help you align the overall tone of the service.
And last but not least, running through the order of service with them is crucial. You want to iron out any special elements or adjustments for that specific week so everyone is on the same page.
4. Start On Time
One of the main jobs of the church MC is to ensure everything runs like clockwork.
Check in with the worship team leader and multimedia crew to make sure everything is ready and everyone is where they need to be.
And whether your church uses a pre-service countdown or not, be on the stage and ready to go a couple of minutes before church starts.
5. Introduce Yourself
Imagine someone who has never been to church is attending your church for the very first time. From the get-go, you want to position yourself as the friendly face of your church.
So share a bit about yourself, what your role is in the service and most importantly, express genuine excitement for the time you’ll be spending together.
This simple act alone will make people not just feel welcomed, but part of a real church family.
6. Plan What You’re Going To Say
A good church MC is prepared without being rigid and flexible without getting off track.
As soon as you’ve confirmed the order of service, it’s good to have at least some idea of what you’re going to say in those transitional moments. Script it word for word if you like, just make sure you stay on point.
7. Remember It’s Not About You
The best way to get over any pre-service gitters is to remember it’s all about the service and the work God wants to do in His people.
It’s not about you – so take the pressure off and focus on the task at hand.
8. Bring The Energy
As the MC, your energy needs to be one level higher than the energy of the room.
It’s a delicate dance; too high and it’ll be too much for some, but too low and you risk dampening the atmosphere of the entire worship experience.
Striking this balance is a fine art; aim for a level of enthusiasm and excitement that builds faith and inspires without going overboard.
9. Be Authentic
You do you and let your personality shine through.
Speak from the heart, using your natural tone and expressions.
Authenticity is your superpower in building genuine connections and rapport and when you show up as your true self, you invite others to do the same.
10. Own Your Mess-Ups
You’re bound to make mistakes and that’s totally fine and normal – especially when you’re just starting out. The good news is no one is expecting perfection.
In fact, handling mistakes with confidence and grace can actually help you come across as more relatable and human so laugh off any slip-ups and move on.
11. Mingle With Church Members
While offstage, proactively interact with members and read the room.
This’ll give you a sense of where the people are at so you can tailor your on-stage presence to match the current vibe.
12. Know How To Fill Time
Technical glitches, out-of-tune guitars, or times when the preacher isn’t quite ready yet and a myriad of other things that can and will go wrong…
A good church MC expects the unexpected and is ready to jump in and save the day by filling in any dead air with purpose until normal service resumes.
Whether it’s gently reminding parents to pick up their children from Kids Church or pointing people to where they can join a Connect group, always have an arsenal of things you can say when put on the spot.
13. End As Strong As You Start
And finally, as you wrap up the service, mirror the energy and faith that marked the beginning.
Whether it’s a motivational quote, a heartfelt blessing or a rallying call to action for the week ahead, ensure that your parting words leave a lasting impression.
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And that’s it! I hope this church MC guide helped you out.
Now you know everything there is to know about being an MC for your church, go out there and shine! You got this! 💪
If you have any questions at all about being MC at your church, let me know in the comments! 👇
Also check out:
- Welcome Team: 5 Common-Sense Church Greeting Tips
- 29 Church Growth Strategies That Work (+Examples)
- How To Organise An Invite A Friend To Church Sunday
- How To Grow A Church Congregation: Ultimate 10-Step Guide
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