- 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.
you may not know where to begin.
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.
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 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!
The training event provided the context for people to express their own hurts and struggles to feel connection.
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:
The Connections Pastor is excited that there is some new life in their Connections ministry.
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:
Your class can be in English or Spanish.
“I wish more church visitors would come back and get involved.”
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.
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 :
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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
All as you prepare your fall activities to launch your new programming.
In this 2 hour workshop, among other things you’ll learn:
Every 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!
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
Crestwood Presbyterian Church, West Campus
1200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114-4360
July 26, 7:00-9:00pm
A free will offering will be collected to advance the Latin American ministry of EvangelismCoach.org
My foundational seminar is focused on personal evangelism training:
The sharing of your faith in casual conversation with one other person.
This 1-1 interaction scares a lot of people for a variety of reasons.
Some of you have experienced this seminar and have found the freedom to share your faith that you hadn’t found before.
You’ve taken the stress out of evangelism. I can do this. – Participant at Old Greenwich CT seminar.
Here is a free 13 minute sample “6 Obstacles to Effective Evangelism”
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Tonight I was asked by a guy in our church
to be a “Greeter” which means
I’d shake people’s hands as they come in.
So many churches simply recruit warm bodies to fill the role of church greeter without much
into the role that greeters have come to play in American churches.
Greeters are the front line of your church’s hospitality ministry.
They are a vital part of your organized friendliness that helps members and visitors connect.
But how do you train greeters?
(There are only so may ways to say “Good Morning”.)
What does a church greeter training meeting look like?
What resources might be available to help with recruiting and organizing greeters?
Author of The Work of the Greeter, Paige Lanier Chargois has found some insights from her research and experience across the United states and 47 different countries.
Thank you for providing this valuable service. I attend a smaller church and there were several points that we will be able to work on for an improved more complete welcome to those who are seeking to worship together with their brothers and sisters. Thank you. I look forward to going over the presentation power point with our group next.
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Her first solo book is Certain Women Called By Christ: Biblical Realities for Today which is based on the Gospel of Luke 8:1-3.
Her second book, The Work of the Greeter was released in June ’09. It provides the biblical basis of hospitality along with practical directions and instructive information about launching or sustaining a congregation’s greeters ministry. It is part of Judson’s book series covering every task in the church.
Paige has served as Director of Membership and Maturity with the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond VA at which she developed the structure to accomplish the Pastor’s vision for small groups. More recently she has served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Franklin, VA.
Dr. Chargois teaches theology, world religions, and missions at Richmond Virginia Seminary. She is a member of the Saint Paul’s church family, and continues to serve the Kingdom of our Lord as a church consultant, leadership trainer, workshop leader, and Bible teacher along with being tapped to preach at churches and retreats.
Thank you for providing this valuable service. I attend a smaller church and there were several points that we will be able to work on for an improved more complete welcome to those who are seeking to worship together with their brothers and sisters. Thank you. I look forward to going over the presentation power point with our group next. I hope that your Columbus Day weekend is a blessed and joyous one!!
Your sister in Him,
Since the PC USA is where I hold my ordination as pastor, these statistics are of interest to me, and I know that many of the EvangelismCoach.org subscribers are in that same tribe.
Membership in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) fell by 69,381 in 2008, the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) has announced in its annual statistical report, continuing a trend that began in the mid-1960s.
Total membership of the denomination is now 2,140,165.
According to the Research Services office of the General Assembly Council (GAC), the 2008 decline was the PC(USA)’s largest numerical and percentage net membership loss since Presbyterian reunion in 1983.
Almost 104,000 people joined the PC(USA) last year, but that good news was more than offset by the 34,101 Presbyterians who died, the 34,340 who were members of the 25 congregations that left the PC(USA) for other denominations, and the staggering 104,428 who were removed from the rolls by their sessions without apparently joining any other church.
Can a positive spin be put on this? The General Assembly Stated Clerk announces
Parsons insisted that “Presbyterians can be evangelists!”
“But we often stumble over the words. Can we not challenge one another to be able to answer these basic questions,” he said. “Why do I believe in God? Why do I go to church? Why do I go to that particular church?”
Fewer congregations were dissolved in 2008 than in 2007 — 65 vs. 71 the previous year. And 40 new churches were organized last year, 23 more than the previous year. The PC(USA) currently comprises 10,751 congregations.
This suggests the need for
Eric Hoey, in an additional statement wrote:
In a June 18 statement, the Rev. Eric Hoey, the GAC’s director of Evangelism and Church Growth, . . . . . attributed the large number of new members, in part, to the “Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide” initiative that came out of the 218th General Assembly (2008).
“Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide” created a groundswell of local and regional activity. The initiative challenged all levels of the church to acknowledge our decline and to commit to four areas of growth: evangelism, discipleship, servanthood and diversity,” Hoey said.
“Presbyterian News Service has written a series of articles about congregations that are engaged in innovative outreach programs in order to Grow Christ’s Church Deep and Wide,’” he added.
Small groups are a great place to find help and encouragement in sharing Christ with nonbelievers.
I propose one accountability group as an Evangelism Training Small Group.
Here is a sample 6 week group.
Some questions I like to ask are:
I’ve started a new website off shoot of Evangelismcoach.org about training church greeters to improve their greeting church visitors: www.ChurchGreeterTraining.com
Visit this site to start a video course of church greeter tips and join in the conversation over there.
I’ve also placed 100% Free church greeter training videos for welcoming church visitors.
I’ve written a book for leaders of church greeter ministry. Click on these links to read more (at Amazon).
I’ve prepared two webinars available for church greeters. Leaders of greeter ministries use these a discussion starters for their volunteers, or as inspiration for their own work in putting a training together. The most popular segments in these videos are:
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