Every church wants to be warm, hospitable and welcoming to guests and visitors, and every church can remember guests and visitors that came once only to never come back again. Even with our best intentions in mind, many congregations don’t consider the questions that guests have in mind but never ask.
No matter how inspiring worship is, regardless of how great the coffee after church might be, guest readiness is about more than worship and hospitality, it’s about the unspoken rituals and routines, the insider and outsider language, the confusing signs and symbols that members take for granted and guests don’t understand. Imagine going to a restaurant and having an amazing meal, only to have a waiter tell you that you’re sitting at someone’s favorite table so it would be best if you moved, and it’s fine that you brought kids with you, but they should probably eat somewhere else if they make any noise. The restaurant might make amazing food, but if the experience is bad, patrons are unlikely to return.
On October 27th from 10 am to 3 pm, the Northeast District and Waterloo First UMC will be hosting Jason Moore as he presents a seminar on “5 Things Your Visitors are Thinking but Won’t Ask”
. This hands-on seminar will help congregations better connect with guests and visitor’s so churches can build lasting relationships.
Our presenter, Jason Moore, is an author, speaker and worship church who is passionate about helping. He has designed worship with Adam Hamilton, Brian McLaren, Michael Slaughter, Tony Campolo, Len Sweet and many more. Jason was an animator and illustrator for the worship design team at Ginghamsburg Church for a number of years and in addition to his seminar and consulting ministry, Midnight Oil, Jason works part-time as the Creative Worship Specialist for the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ohio.
You can register for the seminar through the Northeast District office. The cost of the seminar is $15 per person and includes lunch. Please register no later than Monday, October 22nd.
To register yourself or your church, please send your name(s), church, address, phone, and email address to Northeast District UMC, 2303 West 1st Street, Set #2, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 or email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org Please use one (1) registration form per person.