Would a person be permitted to make a habit out of skipping Kabbalat Shabbat, and furthermore, would a shul be allowed to make this their official policy? (By "skipping", I mean not saying at all, whether in shul or at home.)
Its a custom to receive and sanctify the shabbat as its also a gesture and holy moment of receiving what HaShem gave to us and then sanctifying it with Kiddush. However between the two (kabbalat shabbat and Kiddush) making Kiddush is the most important moment of Friday night. This is further explained by my experience, one day i missed kabbalat shabbat due to a road trip i had to do (stupid me shouldve known better that day) and i told my Rabbi and he told me the least i should do is make Kiddush even if missed Kabbalat Shabbat, further explaining that kiddush is the important aspect more of Friday night service.