5 Star Book Reviews for Church Greeter 101

I was recently asked to organize our almost nonexistent hospitality team at church. I was honored to be asked but honestly not sure where to start.

I mean you just say hello to people right?!?

Who knew there was so much more to what a greeting team actually does!  Thank you so much for this book and the wonderful information and insight it has given me.  I’m excited to do this ministry for our Lord!

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Chris Walker's Church Greeters 101 now available in print

Written for Leaders of Church Hospitality

Church Greeter 101 was written for the leaders of a church welcome ministry.  I want to lead you forward in starting or relaunching the greeter ministry of your church by covering such topics as:

  • how to recruit church greeters,
  • ideas to train church greeters, and
  • ways to cast the vision for ongoing hospitality ministry.

Maybe:

  • You’ve been asked to recruit greeters for your church greeting ministry.
  • You’ve been asked to organize your church greeters, but aren’t quite sure where to start.
  • You’ve been asked to train your current greeters but can’t find any adequate training material available.

Maybe you are not sure of any of the requirements to be a church greeter and are asking. . .

Where do I begin?

Not Just for Small Church Greeter Ministry

If there is a common thread running through the 10 reviews (to date) on Church Greeters 101, is that this book on greeting ministry is:

  • Practical
  • Useful
  • Inspiring
  • Helpful in preparing a training.

For example, I talked with a head hospitality coordinator for a large church in Pennsylvania.   I had always aimed this book at smaller churches that were just getting started, but this leader applied Church Greeters 101 to a non-organized ministry of welcome in the large church where he serves.

As we talked, here is what he shared about how Church Greeters 101 shaped his role as leader of the church hospitality ministry:

“I started out as a volunteer, then became an usher, then head usher, and now 2 years later, I lead the entire hospitality department of our church, over seeing a few hundred volunteers.

I love this work.

Thanks to your material in Church Greeters 101 and How to Welcome Church Visitors, you’ve helped us take our hospitality to a whole new level.  I’ve used your material to provide local training in other churches as well.  Thanks for organizing this teaching in a usable format and manner that is transferable and useful.”

G. Kehoe.

Have you read Church Greeters 101?

I know that many of you have read the electronic version of Church Greeters 101 before I turned it into a paperback and e-reader version in June of 2013.

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Testimonial: Effective Church Hospitality Training

You’ve worked hard to attract visitors to your church.  You passionately desire to reach these newcomers for Christ. You know that Jesus can make a difference in their life.

Perhaps you’ve spent money on advertising like a direct mail campaign or business cards members give away. You’ve designed sermon series to hopefully entice a second visit.

You’ve done a lot of hard work to get visitors to come to your church, but they fail to return.

It’s frustrating to work so hard and then feel like it’s all in vain.

It leaves you wondering –

Will our church ever reach new people for Christ?

Another attendee of the Break the Unseen Barriers hospitality conference where the DVD was recorded had these kind words to say about the church hospitality training aimed to help them analyze their hospitality ministries.

I found Chris’ approach extremely helpful as he spoke using a language accessible to clergy and laypersons.  He has organized and developed his information which makes it much easier for me to teach elders, deacons, and volunteers to practice hospitality.

Chris provides more than sound bites, he provides a methodology for churches to begin using, so they would then be able to adapt to their own particular context.

Most people charged with serving as greeters in the church may not only have no clue to what they are doing, without this training they may even be harmful to the work of greeting and hospitality.

Chris spent time with the seminar participants to help them move away from a less than gracious approach to newcomers and instead, to see it as a calling or an opportunity to share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Ernest Gardner, III

Baptism is the fruit of personal evangelism

I got the following story via email in response to the most recent Evangelism Coach Newsletter.

With the author’s permission, I share it here as a guest article while I’m away on Evangelism Training Ministry in Nicaragua.

Of course names are changed for privacy.  The photo is a different friend of mine conducting a baptism.

Baptism is the fruit of personal evangelismI appreciate the challenge I receive from your writings.

Today, was no exception.

It seems that I was rather disengaged on the evangelism front this year.

I’m not exactly sure why.  I suppose it doesn’t matter why as much as how can 2009 be better.

It all begins with faithfulness.  Will I live a life of determined obedience or not?

I must say that for me 2008 ends on a high note.

Nearly two months ago, a man–Sam–who I hadn’t seen in church for a year just showed up.  I didn’t know Sam well, but shortly after he briefly attended church (the previous year), I was prompted to stop by his home and give him a Bible.

That was the last I saw of him until he recently stopped by church.

Fast forward to six weeks ago, he sits right in front of me at church.  At the end of worship, he turns to me and says, “I need God in my life.”

I asked loads of questions, engaged another friend, and we prayed with Sam.

The prayer focused on Sam’s current problems.  Only later in the day did I recall his statement about needing God in his life.

A couple days later, I scheduled coffee with Sam.  We went.  I asked about his statement.  Yep . . . he was looking to accept Christ.  Dah!

Anyway, right then and there Sam did invite Jesus into his life.

The Holy Spirit had prompted him to verbalize his need for God. And, the Holy Spirit continued to engage him, which resulted in a faith commitment.  Certainly, there was a party going in heaven.  On earth my friend Sam and I were pumped too.

So  . . . back to ending 2008 well.  Tomorrow, Sam will be baptized in our church.  Sam has three boys and a wife.  Maybe 2009 will be the year for his entire family to come to Christ.  This time I’ll be listening well.  I promise!

Keep that antenna up!

Prompted by the Holy Spirit

Notice the statement: “I was prompted [by the Holy Spirit].”

In cooperating with the Holy Spirit in evangelism, we get these nudges every now and then.  My friend was attentive to one.

Phillip was attentive to a nudging to “Go stand next to that chariot.”  (Read Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.)

Leaving the Bible with Sam was a gift that eventually led to his return to church, his conversion as an adult, and the celebration of his baptism.

Let me ask you this?

Did you see how “I need God” is an evidence of that Spiritual Thirst?

See also Pastor White’s video Testimony: Can Pastors find time for Evangelism?

As you go into 2009, how can you develop that skill of listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and cooperate with God’s work in Evangelism?

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