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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These Hospitality Stories Should Not Exist!

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The Connections Pastor could see that they were stuck.  Hospitality ministry workers were apathetic.

The leader who oversaw the church greeters saw no point in any more training.

Even through the church had a visitor connection card, church greeters, Church Visitor Welcome Packets, ushers and a welcome center,  the Connections Pastor knew it wasn’t working.

She knew the hospitality systems themselves were working, but it wasn’t a friendly experience.

People were not feeling welcome.

The Connections Pastor could hear the hospitality stories similar to these:

The Connections Pastor felt like she was pulling teeth to make systemic changes to help their church become a more welcoming congregation.   In spite of resistance, she scheduled a virtual hospitality training session with me.  She managed to get several people to assemble that day.

I was 2500 miles away, but video streamed in via the Internet.

The hospitality stories began

The best benefit was the conversation this hospitality training started.  It opened the flood gates for people to share their own stories of welcome (or lack there of).

As people shared their stories, a sense of personal ownership began to form. These stories should not exist!

  • We had testimonies of teenagers being ostracized and unable to penetrate “clicks” in our classes.
  • One participant told us that her daughter never found our church friendly. One day coming out of church she announced: I am not returning to church anymore. And she never did, ever since.
  • Another mother said she moved here to give a Christian education to her daughter, just to find that the daughter is not welcomed at our High School.
  • Another one said that students from other countries as his son is, did not feel welcomed.
  • Parents whose children do not attend our school said that the school is such a magnet for immigrants that the local kids do not have a place in church.
  • Others mentioned that we have to make a plan to recognize visitors and befriend them in our Fellowship lunches.

The training event provided the context for people to express their own hurts and struggles to feel connection.

The hospitality stories moved them to change

As members heard these first hand stories, a sense of ownership for the hospitality ministry began to form.

Ideas began to take shape.

Church members were no longer comfortable with the state of their existing welcome ministry.

Here is some of the feedback:

  • I think this presentation should be seen by every member of our church. It was certainly an eye opener.
  • Too short! (several people). I believe we should have extended it another 45 minutes.
  • We are also very thankful for your insights and ideas on how to embrace the vision of a caring church, and how to improve in every department at our church.
  • Another greeter  was amazed, she never participated in training before.  As I walked to church for the Service after the session, she stopped me. She was elated. She said that as she came into church, she saw people sitting alone and she felt so enthusiastic that she greeted them all. “I am SO EXCITED. I will do my best to integrate people.”
  • The greeter leader who was most resistant saw the value of the training afterwards.  The greeters appreciated that training.

The Connections Pastor is excited that there is some new life in their Connections ministry.

Upgrade Your Hospitality

You can offer your hospitality team a class that I offer, “Upgrade Your Hospitality.”   As long as you have a high speed internet connection, you can offer this class to your team.  It is a live and interactive training (not recorded) and we can troubleshoot some of these areas.

In this 90 minute online teleclass, among other 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.

Read more and order your hospitality class here.

Your class can be in English or Spanish.

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.

Order Now:

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

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Do you have other questions?

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Video Discussion Starter for Church Greeters

Videos can make for great discussion starters at your gatherings for hospitality workers or church greeters.

Use as a discussion starter for your next church greeter training or hospitality training meeting.

I enjoyed the humor and the painfully true characterizations.

Potential discussion questions / points :

  • What are some better ideas at small talk?
  • Share experiences of greeter small talk that was awesome or awful.
  • How to make small talk without being nosy.
  • What about the next week?

If you are reading by and RSS feedreader, you may need to click through to see the video.  (Change your RSS Feed to Email for these 7 reasons).

You could potentially use this video in a church greeter training meeting.

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Workshop – Upgrade Your Hospitality – Richmond VA

Do your church visitors come back a second time?

Here in July, it is the summer slump in programming for churches.

Most churches slow down their programming during these months and prepare themselves for a fall launch of a new sermon series and launch of many new programs.

Now is the time to

  • Review your church hospitality systems
  • Recast new vision for welcoming the first time church visitor.
  • Improve the process of welcoming first time guests
  • Evaluate systems and fix what is broken.
  • Look for new ideas to improve your current systems.
  • Help your church welcome new visitors this fall.

All as you prepare your fall activities to launch your new programming.

Prepare your teams for the September welcome.

In this 2 hour workshop, among other things you’ll learn:

  • How welcoming guests helps your church fulfill or fail the great commission.
  • What you need 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

EvangelismCoachEvery now and then, church hospitality teams need Rev. Chris Walker of EvangelismCoach.org to lead your team in a time of vision casting for your church’s hospitality ministry.

Join us July 26, 2012 for a free workshop for your church hospitality and welcome teams, at Crestwood Presbyterian Church – West Campus, Midlothian VA where Chris Walker, of http://www.EvangelismCoach.org, is the featured speaker.

He is fittingly known as 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 900 articles on personal evangelism, congregational evangelism, and hospitality, as well as a podcast feed, all for free.

He’s written two ebooks, and recorded 2 CDs on church hospitality issues, authored 1 DVD for training greeters, and a 3 DVD set on Breaking Unseen Barriers that keep your visitors from coming back.


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


Come to learn some of the practical ways Chris has discovered to grow your church 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.

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.

Help us get the word out by using the sharing features to post on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.

Registration information will be shared with EvangelismCoach.org.

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


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

Geoff McClean, Pastor


Details:

Where:

Crestwood Presbyterian Church, West Campus
1200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114-4360

When:

July 26, 7:00-9:00pm

Cost:

A free will offering will be collected to advance the Latin American ministry of EvangelismCoach.org

 


Notes:

  • A love offering will be received.
  • Chris will have additional audio CD resources for sale.
  • Online registrations with email will be added to the EvangelismCoach newsletter list.  You can unsubscribe at anytime.