In many denominations of the Christian Church, a Church usher (not to be confused with church greeter) is responsible for seating guests and maintaining the order and security of services. The role of a church usher is typically a volunteer position, and in the past was often considered one of honor, particularly if a church committee selects an usher by a nomination.


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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)[citation needed]

Jesus' disciples could be considered ushers, in the sense that they:


Churches often have a group of people that work as ushers led by a head usher. The ushers typically receive their instructions from the head usher. The head usher receives instructions directly from the pastor and is responsible for training and scheduling ushers.[1]


Traditionally ushers wore three piece suits. In most contemporary churches, a more casual dress style has become acceptable.


The church usher has various duties. Depending on the church's denomination, size, and preferences, ushers may perform some or all of the following:


  1. ^ "Church usher manual". Retrieved 2017-07-06.