As the author, I get to hear various reasons why people buy my book on church hospitality, How to Welcome Church Visitors.
Why are church hospitality committees (Read: What do Church Hospitality Committees do?) looking to improve their hospitality ministry in their church by buying my book?
Readers find that these fears are calmed somewhat by this practical “how to book.”
In it they find over 60 practical hospitality ideas for new church visitors and how to organize their church hospitality.
You might be thinking – If I buy your book, will I see results?
Yes, but with qualification.
The risk is assuming that the church hospitality ideas found inside this book are a formula that will guarantee the results.
“If I perfect the system, I’ll get the results. .. ”
That’s flawed thinking.
This thinking might work for weight loss, making money on line or fixing your golf swing, but not building your church.
Churches come in different sizes, shapes, local cultures, and different theological traditions.
Hospitality ideas in the church may works in one place, but the same church hospitality idea may not work in another context.
For example, a personal visit to the home of a first time visitor that Sunday afternoon, unannounced, may still work in some places, but would be considered intrusive in others.
Identifying visitors by making them stand up, wear a visitor badge, or sign a guest book might work in some places, but fail miserably in others. (By the way, I don’t recommend any of these ideas).
The point is, technique doesn’t automatically build relationship.
The goal of your church hospitality ministry is to facilitate emotional and relational connections with the church family.
The goal of your greeting ministry is to remove easy barriers to making that happen.
Hospitality ministries are one of many pieces – ministry events, small groups, etc — to help that process happen.
Techniques help, but if your congregation isn’t truly friendly to your guests, you still won’t get the result you are looking for — growth.
Then work backwards and ask yourself –
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Note: Shameless self-promotion follows.
I’ve collected a few more stories of how people are using and finding my book How To Welcome Church Visitors.
We have been giving church hospitality workshops for over 15 years and of the 25 or more books we have used in the past, yours is by far the best contribution to the field with all it’s nuts and bolts practicality.
We’ve been photocopying the cover and telling our client churches that if they want to start improving their first impressions, they should start here with How To Welcome Church Visitors.
Bill and Gail Royster
Church Hospitality Trainers
The Welcome & Hospitality People
One who claimed the bonus coaching session with me after purchase had this to say:
How To Welcome Church Visitors is a well-written, thought-provoking resource that is going to be a blessing to anyone who reads and applies it’s content to their church needs.
This book is especially important to me, as I serve on my church evangelism board and recently volunteered to manage our greeter program.
I measure the worth of a book by the number of ideas I’m able to apply to real needs. I found no fewer than 25 great ideas that I can apply immediately! I recommend this book without reservation.
Chris Walker’s coaching ability is wonderful. He’s a clear thinker with a way of cutting through the clutter and confusion surrounding a problem. He focuses on the most practical path to a resolution and effectively communicates how to reach the intended goal.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
The Rev. Paul Stokes has published a review for GEAR (the Group for Evangelism and Renewal in the United Reformed Church).
Ron Crandall, connected with Asbury seminary, wrote about his take on this book.
One Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church (USA) bought and gave away copies of How To Welcome Church Visitors to over 50 of their church congregations.
Preparing a community outreach for your church this coming spring / summer?
How can you spiritually prepare yourself and the community for your outreach?
You are probably thinking:
Prayer is the key to preparing yourself and the community for your upcoming outreach.
The practice of walking the neighborhood while praying is still a practice that people are learning and discovering.
In this FREE online webinar, evangelist and certified Intentional Community Evangelism trainer Darrel Davis of Foundation Ministries will share practical steps to
Darrell Davis, will join me, Chris Walker, of www.Evangelismcoach.org in discussing this strategy as part of your evangelism outreach to your community
Read more on gospel scripts like this:
PrayerWalkking MP3 Podcast Audio Replay
In this FREE online webinar, author and church growth consultant Bill Tenny-Brittian of 21st Century Strategies Inc will share practical steps to
Bill Tenny-Brittian, the senior editor of Net Results magazine, the nation’s oldest and boldest Church Growth and Evangelism magazine, and will join me, Chris Walker, of www.EvangelismCoach.org in discussing this part of his new book: Hitchhiker’s Guide To Evangelism.
Thanks to Bill Tenny-Brittian for an awesome webinar on Hitchhikers Guide to Evangelism.
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Chris Walker’s “How to Welcome Church Visitors” is as relevant for the UK scene as it is for the USA.
He invites us to strike the right balance between people’s need for personal space and their need to feel welcomed; asks what impression we give through the way we care for our premises; and considers how we extend hospitality in simple, practical ways.
Most of his observations can be acted on without the need for cultural translation (except, perhaps, the American provision of “bathrooms” instead of “toilets”!)
He fully recognizes that there is a God-factor that is outside of our control, but he does offer down-to-earth, practical factors that are properly our responsibility. These are not churchy gimmicks but straightforward acts of kindness, care and consideration that help visitors want to come back. It’s suprising how ‘obvious’ they are, and how easily they are overlooked!
United Reformed Church Minister in Plymouth, Devon
Plymstock United Church
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