Last Friday we hosted our first One Day Workshop on the topic of guest services. 38 leaders from 14 churches in seven states gathered to talk through the positives and pitfalls of creating a great experience for guests. Here’s what a couple of them had to say:
“I’ve never been to an event that helped shaped our thinking framework and equipped us with vision like this one has.” – Dr. Matthew Robinson, First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL
“Fast-paced and packed with helpful information. It both painted a vision and provided lots of practical suggestions and steps for implementation.” – Don Schmidt, Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
We’re doing it all again this summer, and we want you to load up your entire team and plan to join us! Here’s why:
The “guest services” phrase tends to polarize or paralyze churches. Polarizing, because on one side, isn’t guest services touchy feely? Shouldn’t we just let the sermon speak for itself? On the other, why wouldn’t we do everything we can to shock and awe people with kindness, actually demonstrating the gospel just prior to them hearing the gospel?
And then there’s the paralyze side of things: where do you begin? How do you get leadership to see that this is important? How can we have guest services when we don’t have any guests to serve?
If the sermon starts in the parking lot, what is it that you’re preaching?
If you’re trying to unpack these questions in your ministry, attending the Connections Workshop might be just the thing you’re searching for. In a seminar format, we’ll talk about:
- what it takes to create a guest-friendly culture
- how to kill a toxic culture
- defining the vision for your team
- contextualizing for your setting
- pitfalls you might face along the way
- …and more.
You’re encouraged to load up the van and bring several people from your staff or volunteer team. The Workshop will target a group of 25 or more people, so you’ll have the chance to network with people from churches of all shapes and sizes.
Total cost for the Workshop is $99 per person, which covers all materials, lunch, snacks throughout the day, and practical tools that you can put to work in your ministry. Space is limited and registration closes on June 9th, so RSVP today! (please see update above)
(photo credit: Lindsey Wachter)