Everybody Welcome: The Course Where Everybody Helps Grow Their Church
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Everybody Welcome is a complete course to transform your church by improving your approach to newcomers. Believing that welcoming is a ministry for every member of the church, it offers guidance for your entire congregation and will help every individual play their part.
A whole-church course (adults and older youth). Most beneficial if run this way, but can include small groups
Leaders’ manual: £14.99, members’ manual: £3.99, DVD: £24.99
Well-produced books and DVD. Great stuff.
Clearly set out and easy to follow through, thorough, with additional material on the website. Mathematical proof for the benefits of welcoming people to church growth statistics! Deeply encouraging.
Lots of inspiring pre-reading and extra material. Clear session outlines. Wide-ranging rationale.
Church leaders and those passionate about the subject
Members get all the pre-reading and session outlines. Handouts used in discussion.
Lively DVD clips which are interspersed during the sessions, to illustrate points and provoke discussion.
Principles need understanding and taking on board for maximum benefit, but looks well worth it. Whole church lead-in would be best.
Extra material via www.everybodywelcome.org.uk (part of CHP website), e.g. supporting sermon notes
Principles of hospitality will always be relevant. DVD shirts and hairstyles may date in time!
Very good. Discussion and honest questions about the local church context.
Very good. Sessions have good pace and mix. Essentially practical.
Relevant to any local church that wants to be welcoming. Anglican church context assumed, but principles are universal. Suitable for all sizes of church.
Very well, both in grappling with the issues and encouraging action plans.
Introductory biblical basis for each session with brief comment
Applied to topic: making church visible; making premises inviting; a welcoming God and his welcoming people; belonging to the church community; training a welcome team.
Anglican setting assumed, but adaptable.
Common sense approach to doing church well for the benefit of the newcomer, based on Jesus' injunction to ‘make disciples of all nations' (Matthew 28.19). Potential to get everyone involved, using their gifts.
Obviously welcome-focused, but challenging to every church member.
Reasons for doing and being church are clearly explored.
Nitty-gritty, no-nonsense explorations of everything from pews and toilets, to handshakes and belonging to the Body of Christ.
Very well. Practical ways for all to actually do it.
Engages with potential for church and community interaction.
Not a focus
Not a focus. This is for the local church.