6 Tips to Better Church Volunteer Training Presentations

How often have you sat (or slept) through slide presentations that were a forgettable confusion?

Or how about unreadable slides?

This past Sunday, we visited a church that crammed so many words on one slide that we couldn’t read any of it, and we were on the 3rd row.

Do you use slide decks for church volunteer training?

You likely do a lot of teaching and training in your your church.

Making church volunteers squint to read your slides should never happen.

Boring them is a sin.

There are plenty of places where you might use a slide deck to  train church volunteers

You’ll want to share an effective presentation that will help them remember the volunteer training you’ve prepared.

If you want to avoid frustrating your audience, creating cognitive dissonance, and leaving more confusion than you wanted, you might want to check out these six points that Michael Hyatt follows in creating a memorable slide presentation for live talks.

Better Church Volunteer Training Presentations

Michael Hyatt is the communication guru who wrote the excellent book Platform – Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

Here, he discusses issues in creating slide sets that actually communicate well.

(Feed readers, Click directly through to see the video of Michael Hyatt sharing these points)

While the six points in here are pretty clear and I am familiar with each of them, I know I’m still guilty of breaking them, particularly the one Hyatt shares of having 80 slides for a 60 minute talk.

I did appreciate a side comment about the number of slides in a webinar format.  Hyatt mentioned the desired goal of 2 slides each minute for a webinar format.  In a live presentation where you are standing in front of your audience, that is too much visual stimulation.

(HT: Episode 2 of This is Your life, and follow resources are given)

Coaching Corner

The entire 30 minute interview is worth the listen.

After you make notes of the 6 points in here, think about your upcoming presentation.

What can you improve on after listening to these 6 points?

Share your thoughts

Which one of these will help you the most?

If you could add number 7 to avoid “Death by powerpoint”, what would you add?

Webinar: Step up! First Steps to Running or Restarting Your Welcome Ministries

Church Hospitality Training WebinarIf you are a new leader in your church’s hospitality or welcome ministry, register for this online class to help you get started in preparing for the upcoming season of welcome.

If you

  • Were recently appointed as leader of your hospitality ministry
  • Want to reorganize a stale welcome ministry
  • Re-launch your hospitality ministry for the next season of growth.

you may not know where to begin.

Where do you begin?

If you are just getting started, you are likely feeling a little overwhelmed with where to begin.

It feels like staring into the fog.  Let me help you get the fog out and help develop an action plan to help you get unstuck.

Sign up for Step up!: First Steps to Running or Restarting Your Welcome Ministries, an online class with other leaders who are in a similar position.

I’ve helped other hospitality ministry leaders breakthrough that log-jam of inaction and set them moving forward again. They felt like they were staring into the fog and not seeing much of anything clearly.

You’ll get your creativity going as you think of ways to move forward with your hospitality ministry.

The cost is an investment in retaining new families in your church membership.

Here is what you can expect to learn:

  • The Two Best Measurements of Effective Hospitality
  • The Master Word that will Help You Find and Remove Hidden Faults
  • 7 Areas to Form Your Action Plan

Details

  • Actions-help-about-iconDuration: 1 hour and a 30 minutes.
  • Instant Access to the recording from the class recorded on July 24, 2014
  • It is a narrated PowerPoint presentation.
  • No travel necessary.
  • Price: $39 USD.

Who is this class for?

  • If you are the new leader of your church hospitality committee and not sure how or where to start
  • Did you inherit a stale welcome ministry and need to re-launch it?
  • Perhaps you’ve been appointed as the new director who oversees the hospitality ministry of your church.
  • Does your hospitality ministry feel stuck?
  • Or maybe your hospitality committee is not quite sure where to start?
  • Or perhaps you are rotating off your committee leadership soon and need to train your replacement.

What will you receive?

  • Instant Access to download the video (MP4 for Windows Player and Quicktime).
  • Copies of MP3 audio to download
  • Copies of the slides as a PDF.
  • The optional handout that accompanies the teaching, along with links to further resources.
  • Permission to use this recording and resources in your congregation.

Cost:

  • This class has a registration fee of $39.00 USD per person.
  • Payable on-line via PayPal OR Credit Card via the order button below.
  • I will not see payment information.
  • You’ll receive a reminder emails with the access codes as time grows closer.
  • You’ll receive your receipt by email which should contain the entrance link that will be unique to you.

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Who is Chris Walker?

Evangelism Trainer Chris WalkerChris has given Evangelism Training seminars around the US and 9 Countries in Latin America. He is fittingly known as the Evangelism Coach because of his extensive work with churches in the US and Latin America in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Chris is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His website has over 1000 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

Ready for Results?

  • Practical. Based on my life experiences teaching evangelism and church hospitality on two continents and in two languages.
  • Biblical – No compromising of Scripture to get butts on benches here.
  • Personal – You’ll work with me to plan and  apply lessons to fit the personality of your church.
  • Affordable – A fraction of the cost of taking your ministry team to a conference or me to speak in person for a few days.
  • Step-by-Step Help. – You get some great ideas and focus to apply right away.
  • Gospel-Centered – It’s all about Jesus, proclaiming the glorious good and making disciples.

Frequent Webinar Questions

Q. What if I’ve been leading the hospitality ministry for a few years?
You may find that this class will spur some creativity or give you different angle to look at things.

I won’t simply say “be nice to people” or “tell your greeters to say this phrase”  but teach hospitality leaders how to identify shortcomings in their own context and think through ways to fix them.

The get started steps will focus on helping provide a framework for action over the next six months or so.

Questions before the live class?

Q.  What happens if I register and then miss the class?

You’ll be given access to the replay, typically within 24-48 hours of the webinar.

Q.  What if the audio is really awful?

Sometimes, there are problems with bandwidth.  If the audio is really awful, I will re-record the webinar in a studio and make the re-recording available for replay.  I did that with the last church greeter training webinar.

Audio quality can vary based on your audio software/hardware manufacturer as well as your operating system. When using VoIP, the following best practices are recommended:

  • For optimum sound quality, a headset is recommended, preferably a USB headset for ease of use.
  • If a headset is not available, a microphone and speakers are required, preferably a USB microphone for ease of use.
  • If using a microphone, it should be a distance of at least 1.5 feet away from any speakers that are built into or connected to your PC.
  • The use of a Webcam microphone is not recommended.
  • The use of a integrated laptop microphone with laptop speakers is not recommended.
  • Ear buds or earphones and use of the integrated laptop microphone is a workable solution.

Q.  Will I hear pitches for products and services?

You will not hear me sell anything during the webinar.    There is nothing more to buy.  You are buying access to a class and the registration fee helps me cover the cost of the technology.

Q.  Why do I need to pay the fee?

People value what they pay for.  I want people who are motivated to learn and will apply what they learn.  Free webinars are great when I am selling a product or service, where I can recoup the cost the webinar.

What others have said about Chris Walker’s Teaching

  • -Inspirational, re-awakening.
  • Do not be afraid! Evangelism is not scary – or need not be. It can be a friendly conversation.
  • “Attend one. ” You will no longer fear, ridicule or avoid evangelism.
  • More people really want to know Jesus and how to help others reach Him.
  • Good. Well worth it.
  • The seminar was awesome.
  • You will lose your misconceptions about evangelism.
  • Go with an open heart and mind and you will leave fulfilled.
  • You’ll learn to listen better.
  • An inspiring motivational speaker with a message for all.
  • Just do it – You will find that the skills are within, this encourages you to put them to use.
  • The seminar helps you feel more comfortable about evangelism.
  • Tools to share one’s faith with others to help them.
  • Your Church Hospitality Webinar Inspired Creativity

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Conference: Personal Evangelism for Ordinary People March 22, 2014

PersonalEvangelismForOrdinaryPeopleImagine:

  • You confidently answer a question about why you follow Jesus.
  • Your friend asks you how you became a Christian and you give a clear story.
  • You share the gospel story without being tongue-tied.

Just this week, I met a church member who felt that evangelism was not doable because he felt he had

  • no talent,
  • no skill,
  • nor verbally eloquent like his pastor.

My friend lacked any confidence that he could witness to anyone.

Maybe you feel the same way.  You find personal evangelism intimidating.  You would rather clean a pig sty instead of talking about Jesus to your friends.

I was.

Learn how Personal Evangelism can be Natural

Speaking at Your Evangelism EventThe Personal Evangelism for Ordinary People seminar will help you overcome those natural fears and find fresh freedom in sharing your faith.

As you go through the seminar with Chris Walker, you’ll

  • Learn to recognize God given moments to talk about your faith
  • Discover evangelism can be as normal and natural as breathing.
  • Find and develop the four core evangelism skills you need, even if you don’t know your Bible.

Discover a compassion for the lost and learn how to share your faith.

This seminar is designed to give you a clear understanding of personal evangelism which results in a compassion that swallows fear and equips you to be effective in everyday life.

It’s designed to move you from clumsy to confident in just ONE day.

Coming to Chester Maryland, March 22, 2014

If you live in or near the Annapolis MD or central Eastern Shore area you don’t want to miss this FREE event. . . .

Chris will help you find the same confidence that has helps him talk about his faith in Christ to anyone who asks.  He used to be the obnoxious evangelist no one wants to be and has learned core skills to make evangelism.


The seminar dispelled the fears associated with evangelism. Both personal stories and Biblical truth provided a framework from which to proceed in making sharing my faith conversationally more a part of my lifestyle.

I would highly recommend this class to anyone with a heart for becoming more verbal in their witness. — Participant


Come to learn some of the practical ways Chris has discovered to share your faith out of his research, study, and first hand real life experience from serving as a local pastor, planting two churches and doing evangelism work cross culturally in 9 different countries.

Date:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9:00a – 4:00p

Registration opens at 8:30am.

Location:

Kent Island United Methodist Church, Chester Maryland.

2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, MD 21619


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Cost:

This personal evangelism seminar is free.  It is sponsored by Kent Island United Methodist Church

Other Notes:

  • Registration information will be shared with EvangelismCoach.org.
  • Lunch will be provided.  More information as time draws closer.
  • A resource table will be available, where Chris will provide audio CDs and other items from his resources.
  • When you register online, you’ll receive a complimentary subscription to the weekly newsletter by email, every Friday at 2pm.  You can unsubscribe at any time.

Register Here:

Register online for free.   You’ll receive reminders as the conference draws near.

We encourage you to bring your ministry leadership team to this event.

Event is open to the public and other churches are invited to register and attend.

Who is Chris Walker?

2013ChrisWalkerHeadShot425x287Chris Walker, of http://www.EvangelismCoach.org, is the featured speaker.

He is fittingly known as the Evangelism Coach because of his extensive work with churches in the US and Latin America in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Chris is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His website has over 1000 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

He has written:

Chris has also recorded 2 CDs on church hospitality issues, authored 2 DVDs for training greeters, and a 3 DVD set on Breaking Unseen Barriers that keep your visitors from coming back.  Plus, he’s recorded additional DVDS and CDs on personal evangelism.  All resources will be available at the resource table.  Credit Cards will be accepted.


“Fall 2010 has gone well. I believe the First Touch teams have a renewed sense of purpose and others are doing their part to apply the welcoming concepts they learned when you spoke here. I heard from many folks about how helpful and energizing it was to hear you speak.

Your talk helped us see the need to engage people, not just serve them. I think overall it was one of our most successful events ever, and was a real example of how the momentum is shifting in a positive way.” P Strachan, Midlothian VA.


Chris is a highly accessible speaker who brings a passion and energy to his workshops that is contagious.

Geoff McClean, Pastor


I feel rejuvenated in learning to pray after the Salvation Army Quest ministry workshops in Michigan. Chris is very passionate and on fire for what he speaks about. Keep up the good work!

Dean Groendal
Muskegon Corps, Salvation Army

Church Visitor Assimilation Training Class

“I wish more church visitors would come back and get involved.”

ChurchVisitorAssmiliationWebinarThis is common lament I hear from church leaders.  They might be leading small churches.  They might be managing large churches.

These leaders have put forth valiant efforts to improve their hospitality, increase their marketing, and even provide some programming that would attract new people.

Other pastors might be leading a church in a remote community, or in a high density urban slums where it is dangerous to walk at night.  They may have only a cell phone without a data plan and no resources for a website.  Their plan for visitor follow-up may be slightly different because of access to resources or danger.

But, the problem remains.  The church visitor comes once and then never again.

Leaders occasionally need to review, renew, or refresh their strategies for helping new visitors return to church and become part of the congregation.

How do you help a first time visitor move to regular attendance and maybe even church membership?

Now is a good time for church visitor assimilation training.

Since the Christmas season and New Year’s are coming soon, your church will have lots of first time visitors coming.   It is time to review your assimilation strategies and think of intentional ways to utilize the season to impact the life of your local visitor who is looking for a church family.

It is time to refresh your vision for church visitor welcoming and integration strategies.

Are you ready to receive these visitors?

Are you prepared to help them return and look at becoming part of your church family in 2014?

You can focus a lot of effort on first impressions ministry but forget the end goal of having your guest make that second visit.

You might be leading a small church, or you might be leading a large church, but both face the same questions – how do we help first time church visitors become regular attenders?

Improve Your Assimilation — Webinar

Join me in a first time church visitor assimilation class looking at the theme of helping new visitors become regular attenders.

It is offered on-line for global access.  You can download the video after purchase, along with the handout, the mp3, and copy of the slides.

You’ll receive some fresh inspiration and motivation to examine your assimilation strategy.

You’ll hear hear some ideas that you can implement right away ahead of the Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday season.

In this webinar class, you will learn:

  • How Personal Invitations Impact Assimilation
  • How to Open the Front Door of Welcome
  • 5 Must Have Tools for Effective Assimilation
  • How to Close the Back Door and Keep them Coming
  • Some of the specific questions generated by the audience:
    • How do you get this vision into the congregation.
    • What do I do with a chronic hugger?
    • How often should you train volunteers?
    • How do you get your church leaders on board with this?
    • What are key elements to a action plan for a church that has none?
    • DO you have a book list you recommend?
    • Do you have anything that addresses specifically the subject of assimilation of new members into the church family?
    • We have an old lady that insists on hugging all the new people who come to church. Is this good/bad. How to address this? Some members thinks this repels new people. Help!
    • Is the gathering only for new visitors, or any congregants? Specific members turn to stay?
    • What’s the best way to identify a new guest (besides visual observation)?

I want to share insights I’ve gained over the last 15 years to help you plan to help some of your visitors move towards regular attendance.

This class is for

  • Hospitality teams,
  • Outreach and Welcome Pastors, and
  • Greeters and Ushers
  • Other leaders interested in ramping up or reviewing their assimilation process.

If you don’t have an intentional strategy for helping visitors connect with your church, then this class is for you.

If you need a fix your assimilation strategy, then you’ll find tremendous value in attending this class online.

Take some time now, ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas, to start thinking about how to incorporate your new visitors who may be looking for a new church home.

Feedback from Participants

  • Thanks Chris…
  • Thank you very much!
  • Encouraging, really like the Simple Next Step Concept and keeping it simple
  • Thank you for great info and your time and experience to further the Kingdom of God.
  • Great start to get going
  • Helpful!
  • Great start. Thought provoking.
  • Thank you.  I’ll definitely check out your web site
  • Yes – very helpful as a neophyte in this ministry.
  • Thanks Chris, I love what you are doing. Keep it up!
  • Thanks Chris, Very inspirational and motivating. I will take this to our hospitality committee and get started – especially with training.
  • Pages of notes
  • Thank you!! I have a good take-away! Things to think about and plan.
  • Thank you so much for your time and help!

Details:

  • Actions-help-about-iconThis was a recording of a live webinar that people paid to access.  For the same price, you can access the replay.
  • Duration: 1 hour and a few minutes.
  • It is a narrated PowerPoint presentation.

What will you receive?

  • Access to download the video (MP4 for Windows Player and Quicktime)
  • Copies of MP3 audio to download
  • Copies of the slides as a PDF.
  • Streaming option if you don’t wish to download the video.
  • The optional handout that accompanies the teaching, along with links to further resources.
  • Permission to use this recording and resources in your congregation.

Cost:

  • This class has a registration fee of $10 USD per person.
  • Payable on-line via paypapl via the order button below.
  • PayPal will process your payment and send you the information.  I will not see payment information.
  • You’ll receive an email with the access codes.

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Click on the big button below and you’ll be taken to the page in the EvangelismCoach.org store to add it to your cart.

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Who is Chris Walker?

Evangelism Trainer Chris WalkerChris has given Evangelism Training seminars around the US and 9 Countries in Latin America.

He is fittingly known as the Evangelism Coach because of his extensive work with churches in the US and Latin America in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Chris is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

His website has over 1000 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

Ready for Results?

  • Practical. Based on my life experiences teaching evangelism and church hospitality on two continents and in two languages.
  • Biblical – No compromising of Scripture to get butts on benches here.
  • Personal – You’ll work with me to plan and  apply lessons to fit the personality of your church.
  • Affordable – A fraction of the cost of taking your ministry team to a conference or me to speak in person for a few days.
  • Step-by-Step Help. – You get some great ideas and focus to apply right away.
  • Gospel-Centered – It’s all about Jesus, proclaiming the glorious good and making disciples.

Frequent Webinar Questions

Q.  What happens if I register and then miss the class?

You’ll be given access to the replay, typically within 24-48 hours of the webinar.

Q.  What if the audio is really awful?

Sometimes, there are problems with bandwidth.  If the audio is really awful, I will re-record the webinar in a studio and make the re-recording available for replay.  I did that with the last church greeter training webinar.  Audio quality can vary based on your audio software/hardware manufacturer as well as your operating system. When using VoIP, the following best practices are recommended:

  • For optimum sound quality, a headset is recommended, preferably a USB headset for ease of use.
  • If a headset is not available, a microphone and speakers are required, preferably a USB microphone for ease of use.
  • If using a microphone, it should be a distance of at least 1.5 feet away from any speakers that are built into or connected to your PC.
  • The use of a Webcam microphone is not recommended.
  • The use of a integrated laptop microphone with laptop speakers is not recommended.
  • Ear buds or earphones and use of the integrated laptop microphone is a workable solution.

Q.  Why is there no group license for this webinar?

I found that a group license creates more work for me and for you as the group organizer.  I’ve set the registration fee low enough for individuals to be able to decide on their own.

Q.  Will I hear pitches for products and services?

You will not hear me sell anything during the webinar.    There is nothing more to buy.  You are buying access to a class and the registration fee helps me cover the cost of the technology.

Q.  Why do I need to pay the fee?

People value what they pay for.  I want people who are motivated to learn and will apply what they learn.  Free webinars are great when I am selling a product or service, where I can recoup the cost the webinar.

What others have said about Chris Walker’s Teaching

  • -Inspirational, re-awakening.
  • Do not be afraid! Evangelism is not scary – or need not be. It can be a friendly conversation.
  • “Attend one. ” You will no longer fear, ridicule or avoid evangelism.
  • More people really want to know Jesus and how to help others reach Him.
  • Good. Well worth it.
  • The seminar was awesome.
  • You will lose your misconceptions about evangelism.
  • Go with an open heart and mind and you will leave fulfilled.
  • You’ll learn to listen better.
  • An inspiring motivational speaker with a message for all.
  • Just do it – You will find that the skills are within, this encourages you to put them to use.
  • The seminar helps you feel more comfortable about evangelism.
  • Tools to share one’s faith with others to help them.
  • Your Church Hospitality Webinar Inspired Creativity

Order Now:

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Your Live Webinar Inspired New Creativity – Thanks

Over the weekend, EvangelismCoach spent time (via online seminar) with a church hospitality team out in El Paso Texas.

They gathered on a August Saturday morning, hooked up a display and microphone, and piped me from my current location over the internet to receive this church hospitality training.

It was an easy process.

The local person there spent a few week advertising the Upgrade Your Hospitality webinar to her team, and several people made it out to the training.

Here is what Beverly had to say afterwards

Just wanted to let you know how incredibly helpful and well received the the webinar session was. We all left with a renewed sense of hospitality for the fall.

To be perfectly honest, one person that seemed hesitant in coming was one that had the most questions and was “pumped” and ready to receive the body of Christ tomorrow morning. Your passion for the subject helped overcome that objection of “I don’t need this.” JOB WELL DONE!

 Your presentation sparked some amazing creativity and fresh momentum in our team. A majority of the group stayed for another hour to visit and trouble shoot some of our problem areas. We as a group have decided to meet and tour ALL areas of the church and make it a point to personally meet each Sunday School leader.

 This is a church of 1500 members and 5 services spread over 5 buildings therefore we felt EVERYTHING you taught ‘hit home’.   Again, thank you for your leadership and guidance! You are Top Shelf in my books! May God continue to bless you, your family and your Ministry.

Beverly, El Paso TX.


start-buttonGet this 90 minute class for your team

You can easily bring this same seminar to your church via the Internet and inspire your hospitality team.

We can even schedule one in just a week if that is your desire (I scheduled on personal evangelism just two days before it was held).  You don’t have to wait for my travel schedule to be empty.

In this 90 minute online teleclass, among other things, you can equip your team on:

  • How welcoming guests helps your church fulfill or fail the great commission.
  • 8 characteristics to know about your guests BEFORE they arrive so you can serve them well.
  • No manuals necessary – how to have awesome hospitality ministry in unforeseen moments.
  • 8 necessary traits of a church hospitality volunteer who blesses your guests.

This on-line class is specifically for

  • Greeters who need a refresher.
  • First time Greeters who will be starting this fall.
  • Hospitality ministry leaders who want to cast a fresh vision for their team.
  • Pastors leading hospitality and welcome ministries who want an “outsider” to share.
  • Welcome ministry leaders who want to provide a training point for their ministry teams.

There will be opportunity for Questions and Answers which will fill the time out to about a total of 2 hours.

My desire is

  • to impart fresh vision,
  • to inspire some creative energy to address needs, and
  • help you prepare your team for an outstanding welcome this coming fall.

This online class is not available to everyone on my list or advertised on my website.

This class is focused for your church and your particular context.

You can gather your team in a common location, such as a living room or classroom at your church.

Get your own training

Your church can host me too, no matter where you are on the planet.  I’ll work in your time zone.

As long as you can share a screen and high speed internet, we can do it.

Get your team webinar training here and click the order button.