Elizabeth is the author of six books, including Entertaining Angels and Fireweed Evangelism that are two of the best books out about practical hospitality. She knows how to grow a congregation. When she gives advice, I listen.
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I was immediately drawn to Elizabeth when I found her book, Fireweed Evangelism. In it she gives practical advice about how churches can establish and jump-start their hospitality ministries. She has a real gift at being able to communicate these important ideas to pastors like me. That’s why I wanted to sit down and do a 1 hour interview with her. And boy was it worth it. I have a couple of ideas I am going to take right away to my hospitality team. Here are my notes from the interview:
Motivation and Invitation
Elizabeth says that motivation and invitation are the key concepts to helping a congregation get back in the game. Elizabeth is convinced that once Christians identify their motivation for spreading the Gospel the will be more inclined to invite people to church.
Welcoming Prayer and Friendship Tablet
Elizabeth points us to The Welcoming Prayer, which she believes congregations need to incorporate into the regular live of their community. Elizabeth also explains what a Friendship Tablet is – when she brought it up I was skeptical – but after she explained it, I’m going to suggest we start using these in my church.
Holding Onto Visitors
This is a huge problem for many of us, and Elizabeth says we need to set the clock for one year – and that if we don’t have people plugged in by then, we’ll probably lose them.
About Elizabeth Geitz
A gifted author and keynote speaker, Liz has a passion for the Gospel. In addition to her books, she writes a regular newspaper column and blog. You can learn more at www.elizabethgeitz.com
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