People like you ask me about coming to speak to their group, presbytery, church, governing body.
I’ve put this little article together to help your leadership team evaluate how to best bring me to speak to your church or regional gathering.
Here is a brief process list of how to bring me to speak or to conduct evangelism training where you are.
1. Decide what you want.
I offer a variety of workshops that focus on visitor hospitality, personal evangelism, or church evangelism. The most popular ones are
- Motivations for Evangelism
- The Role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism
- Telling your Story and The Story
- Fear Free Evangelism
- From Parking Lot to the Pew – Greeting Visitors
2. Decide your dates.
I prefer at least one full teaching day, and weekend retreats are even better, as they allow more material to be covered and allow lab-time practicum.
There are lots of variables here, so don’t let this limit your inquiry.
- One evening, followed by a morning session
- Same event three dates in different parts of a region.
- Weekend retreat.
- One evening, followed by a full day.
While I am with your group, I can be available for small consultations with your church’s leadership team or other meetings you find useful such as pastor’s gatherings, luncheons, and small meetings for no additional cost while I’m with your group. The thought is, since I’m in your area, pick my brain in as many ways possible. When I come to be with you, I want to serve.
Examples: meet with your hospitality committee, meet with your pastor’s luncheon, meet with small groups interested in evangelism and missions, meet with your leadership, preach on Sunday
3. Check my fees.
My basic fee is $1500 a day, with a multi-day discount for conducting a weekend retreat with the same group at the same venue.
For example, a typical Friday evening through Sunday morning retreat is $2100. Longer conferences are available.
For weekend events where you don’t want to pay travel expenses after the event, the fixed fee is $2500.
Unless the fixed fee option is chosen, the host is responsible for all reasonable travel expenses from my front door and back. I am open to staying in a home at your congregation to help you save expenses, if practical. If additional venues becomes available during the same trip, the travel costs will be split appropriately among all parties.
I can keynote your event, but I still have this minimum charge, whether I speak for 30 minutes to an hour, or train a group over 4-6 hours on the same day.
A group may choose to receive a love offering towards paying this fee, but anything received over and above your promotional or catering expenses also goes towards the work of EvangelismCoach and it’s international offerings.
4. Check my dates.
If it is not on my list of already, I’m available. Check out my current schedule and see what fits.
If I am already coming to your area, it would obviously be much cheaper to piggy back travel. Your group would be responsible for the airfare change fee (if tickets were already purchased) and any resultant price change on top of your share of the original airfare.
5. Contact me.
I can be reached by phone at 804/335-1445. Or if you use skype, I’m walkmanPTY. We can hammer out any additional details then. Ultimately, I’d be working for you, so we can work out any sticking points.
6. Mail in an agreement and deposit.
I’ve had to develop a small agreement that spells out what I expect from the host, and what the host can expect from me. I will email you this agreement, and it needs to be signed and returned with a generally non-refundable deposit of 15% to cover the airfare. This will secure your dates on my calendar.
7. Promote the event with other churches.
You may use your own design and posters if you wish, I simply need to approve them and have some of my branding on them.
I will setup a promotional website for your event that includes links that you can use, as well as some downloadable forms.
It will also have an on-line registration form that you can use. If you choose to register people through your website, you agree to share the list with me.
Churches have found success posting this link:
- on their website
- in the pastor’s weekly email to the congregation.
- on Facebook profiles
- to governing bodies in their denomination for their newsletters.
- pastor blogs
Other churches have developed press releases, public service announcements on Christian radio, etc.
What is most effective to share articles from my website with your email lists about the material. The more people hear about EvangelismCoach through their email and in bulletins, the more “famous” my visit will be perceived. I can provide that list of related articles for use.
8. Pray for the event.
Evangelism is ultimately a spiritual endeavor. Prayer is of the utmost importance. Assign a prayer coordinator for me to work with, who can be recruiting others to pray. I will have intercessors praying for my visit to you as well.
9. Feed them.
It is an unspoken rule in the seminar business — better turn out when you provide good food. A light meal, catered lunch, or something increases your turnout.
Some groups charge a registration free to cover this cost. Other churches simply provide it as part of their hospitality ministry.
10. Provide handouts.
Before the event, I will send masters of what will need to be duplicated. I do not have the ability to print and ship any printed material nor pack it in my luggage. Via email, I will send the host all materials that need to be printed.