LM2DM Training Seminars' Descriptions and Potential Topics

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The following is a list of the training seminars for church leaders and members that will be offered by the Learn More 2 Do More Project.
These nineteen seminars' presentation content can be customized to meet specific reqests by a client.

Over 30 additional seminar topics are being considered for development. Most of these topics deal with the management and operation of a church and its organizations. Many of these topics will be of value to small business owners and their management staff.

Seminars' Title with Content Description

These Nine Seminars Will Be Developed as Needed

List of Potential Seminar Topics

Seminars' Title with Content Description

1          Talking to a Visitor Is Easier Than Returning an Unwanted Christmas Gift Without a Sales Receipt©

Do you feel uncomfortable at church talking to a person you do not know? Do you feel like you do not know what to say to a visitor to your church? If you answer yes to either of these questions, this seminar is for you. This seminar will teach you how to start a conversation with a person you do not know. You will have at your resource a variety of questions you can use to learn things about the person. You will learn several dos and don’ts that will help you make the conversation beneficial to you and the stranger. You will receive five exercises you can use to make talking to a stranger easy and natural for you.

2          Closing the Church's Back Door©

Are you concerned about why some church members walk out the mysterious church’s backdoor? There can be a variety of reasons that cause a member to open the backdoor. This seminar will explore several of the reasons that cause a member to sneak out the backdoor. This seminar will explore several ways a church’s membership can help assimilate a new church member into the church family and stay in the church’s family. The concepts can be used to assimilate inactive church members back into the church’s family.

3          Serving Fellowship on a Paper Plate© (Outreach)

Inviting church visitors and members to your home to eat a meal is a great way to get to know them and them to get to know you. This seminar will describe how to use simple and tasty meals to enable people to have a wonderful time visiting you. Serving food on a paper plate helps establish an informal atmosphere so the emphasis can be directed to getting to know each other. Using paper plates can be a simple tool to help people become a part of your church’s family.

4          Energizing My Creative Abilities© (Holy Spirit is my creative partner )

If you think you are not creative, you are wrong. This seminar will teach you the basic concepts of being creative. Often being creative just requires you to perform procedures that will energize your creative abilities. A creative person will have to learn how to deal with other people not accepting some of their creative ideas. Being creative does not mean that you will always come up with brand new ways of doing something that no one has ever done. Often, being creative evolves around you finding a different way of doing old things. The Holy Spirit is a powerful creative partner for Christian.

5          Make People Want to be a Member of the Sunday School Class©

(The content of the article, "A Visitor is a Sunday School Class Disruption©," will be included in this seminar.)

Getting a person to become a member of your Sunday School is easier than getting a person to initially visit your Sunday School class. This seminar provides you with an intentional plan to make a person or a couple join and become active in your Sunday School class’ activities. You will learn how to make a person feel welcome and believe that the class members want them to be an active member of the class. To help make a person want to be a member of the Sunday School class’ family requires class members to spend time with them outside the class’ classroom. To intentionally strive to assimilate people into the Sunday School class’ requires you to understand what keeps people from wanting to be a part of the class’ family.

6          Developing a Presentation©

Have you found yourself at times saying that you wish you had done something differently? To reduce the potential of experiencing this thought requires you to better plan what you will do before you perform the presentation. A presentation is anything you do such as talking with someone on the telephone, making a speech, delivering a sermon, planting a garden, eating at a restaurant, purchasing a DVD player recorder, writing an e-mail message, asking a person to visit your church’s services, baking a cake, visiting a person that is in a hospital, asking a person to visit your home for a meal, etc. It takes planning to help you be more effective in anything you do. In this seminar, you will learn to identify the results you want to achieve from the presentation and the perspectives your target audience will have when they participate in the presentation.

7          Promoting Church Activities©

A key to getting people to attend a church’s activity is to tell them about the activity several times and in a variety of ways before the activity actually occurs. You may ask, “Why should I continue to tell people about the activity after I have put the notification in the church’s newsletter, and it has been announced from the pulpit?” You are competing with other organizations for the audience’s time and you have to continue to remind some of the people you want to attend. You need to communicate to the target audience how participating in the activity will benefit them. This seminar will help you understand who is the target audience, ways you can contact this audience, some people make up their minds early about attending the audience, some will wait till the last minute to decide, people are not always present when an announcement is made, their plans change, people forget and do not write activities on a calendar, etc.

8          Making a Visitor Feel Welcome© ( Large pdf article )

( Making a Visitor Feel Like a Guest© Article is included in this seminar)

This seminar reviews a variety of biblical examples of how important it is for a person to treat a visitor to his home as a guest. Following the biblical examples, it is important to treat a visitor to your church as a guest to show the guest that you value him and you want him to again visit your church. This seminar will cover a variety of ways to help a visitor to your church understand that he is important to you and the church. The first and last impressions experienced by a visitor to your church are key elements to forming the visitor’s attitude about your church and determining if he will again visit the church.

9          Cliques and the Church©

This seminar will cover how unintentionally formed cliques by church members can exclude visitors and new church members. Developing close and caring friendships with church members are good and valid goals for church members. These friendships can become a hindrance to reaching out to visitors and make them feel welcome at your church. Care needs to be exercised by church members that talking and being with your friends at your church will not cause you to exclude visitors at your church. A clique can become closed to new members which will help a visitor or new church member feel that they are not valued or wanted.

10        How to Sell Your Sunday School Class When You Can't Give It Away©

What you do on purpose to cause a Sunday School class visitor to want be a member of your Sunday School class? A salesperson that works on a commission pay structure must be on the lookout for a potential client and do what he can to make the potential client want to purchase his company’s products. A Sunday School class member needs to approach a class visitor with the perspective of a salesperson, which is, it is up to me to help create the atmosphere in the class that a visitor wants to be a part of the class’ fellowship. This seminar covers things that a Sunday School class member needs to consider as he works to turn each class visitor into a class member. The same concepts can be used to turn inactive class members into active class members.

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These Nine Seminars Will Be Developed as Needed

11        Sunday School Class Golden Rule Executive Summary©

The Golden Rule is a secular idea that supports the basic teaching of Jesus in the scripture verse, Matthew 7:12. People are more familiar with the meaning of the term, “Golden Rule,” than they are Matthew 7:12. This seminar capitalizes on the familiarity of the meaning of the Golden Rule in order to present the idea that Jesus taught which is “You treat people the way you want them to treat you.” This seminar is designed to help Sunday School class leaders and members decide how they should reach out to visitors if they want their Sunday School class to welcome and assimilate visitors into the class and church’s fellowship. The Golden Rule is to be used by each Sunday School class member as a model of how they are to respond to each class and church visitor.

12        A Church Recreation Ministry Can’t Be a Real Ministry, Because it Deals with People Having Fun©

A church recreation ministry can be a very active element in getting people to participate in church activities. It is a very limited view that identifies church recreation ministry as being a few softball, volleyball, or basketball teams. This seminar teaches how a church recreation ministry can be a strong program that reaches out to church members and community members and blends them into individual church groups. A church recreation ministry can help the church reach out to the community members in a fun and non religious threatening manner and help assimilate them into the church’s Sunday School classes, church membership, and church family. A well designed church recreation ministry can relate to all age groups and be the strongest outreach and evangelistic ministry the church can sponsor.


13        Activity Planning Tips©

A poor planned activity can have glitches that can cause the participants to remember the glitches instead of the purpose of the activity. This seminar covers how to plan activities so the goals of the activity are achieved. A well planned activity can focus the minds of the participants on what the planners wanted to achieve and not be distracted when parts of the activity broke down because of poor planning. It takes effort to organize and conduct activities. A poorly planned activity can end up wasting the participants’ time and will cause them to have second thoughts about participating in other activities. Each church sponsored activity is actually a promotion for people to attend the next church activity.

14        Trinidad Clown Evangelism Mission Trip© with pictures

There are many types of mission trips through which Christians can share their Christian faith with people in other cultures, societies, and physical settings. This seminar presents how several clowns were able to capture the attention of children, youth, and adults through their unique way of sharing their faith in God and Jesus Christ. This seminar presents insights into challenges faced by participants and leaders of a mission trip. Each mission trip is unique due to its goals, participants, physical and mental skills utilized, location of service, etc. Mission trips enable Christians to put their faith into action by helping and assisting people.

15        Organizing and Leading a Church Sport League©

A church sport league through the teams that participate can promote fellowship, friendships, and collaboration among team members and fans. These relationships carry over into the participants’ involvement in other church activities. This seminar presents an overview of the duties and challenges league leaders face when planning and conducting the league’s activities. The leadership concepts that apply to a sport league also apply to leading an interest club that is sponsored by a church. The focus of the league will determine how the league’s leaders establish the rules used by coaches, officials, participants, etc. A youth league may focus on teaching the rules and mechanics of playing the sport. An adult league’s focus can be providing the opportunity for the players to get to play the sport and enjoy the fellowship of the team members and fans. A sport league has the ability to involve community members in a church activity that is fun and non threatening. A person participating in a league team will become friends of his team members which offers an excellent opportunity for the church members to get the team member to attend other church activities.


 16        Church Recreation Ministry Team Coach©

The coach is in charge of the team which can at times be enjoyable and at other times not enjoyable. This seminar will focus on how the mission of the team will give directions to how the coach leads the team and what the team members can expect of the coach. The coach and/or manager of a sport team are responsible for seeing that the rules of the league, team, and sport are followed by the team members. The coach of a children or youth team will have a focus that is different from an adult team. The seminar will deal with a variety of the challenges a coach faces when leading a team in the name of his church.

17        Director of Individual Member Development©

This seminar will introduce a new church position that will be staffed by a volunteer that will help a church member explore ways through which he can achieve God’s unique Will for his life. The Director of Individual Member Development (DIMD) position will work with self motivated church members that want to prepare themselves to achieve God’s will for their lives. The DIMD will help a church member identify his spiritual gifts and guide the church member to develop his gifts by participating in additional training opportunities and additional opportunities of service through the church’s organizations. The DIMD will develop an one-on-one relationship with the church member that he will assist. This position will report to the pastor, paid church staff, or the church council.

 18        Director of Church Education©

This seminar will introduce a new church position that will be staffed by a volunteer that will focus on identifying and sponsoring training opportunities that will help church members and church leaders improve their abilities to serve God and lead the church. The Director of Church Education (DCE) will work with groups of church members. The DCE may or may not lead the training opportunities he will sponsor. The Sunday School will not be part of the DCE’s responsibilities. This position will report to the pastor, paid church staff, or the church council.


19        Internet Ministry: A Church's Glass Wall V4©

            (Version 3 is the copy published on the web site.)

A series of five seminars will be developed to teach church leaders how to develop and use an internet ministry to support the church’s Mission Statement. Pictures are a powerful tool that can be used to allow a visitor to the church’s web site to see and experience the activities that occur within the church’s walls and outside the church’s walls. Making a good impression on the web site visitor can turn the person into visitor to a church service and Sunday School class.

The five seminars are:

1. Internet Ministry overview

2. Designing a church’s Internet Ministry

3 Designing an Internet Ministry’s web site’s pages

4. Training church leaders to use a web page to promote and support the church organization that is led by each leader.

5. Overview of the technical skills used by a web site’s webmaster.

The “Internet Ministry: A Church’s Glass Wall V4©” book manuscript will be the text for the first four seminars.

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List of Potential Seminar Topics (These topics are listed in no particular order)

Decision making concepts (Deciding what is right and best to do in the current circumstances.)

Altering, modifying, adjusting purchased programs to fit your church’s situation and resources.

Marketing the church to its community and its members.

Preparing and operating within a budget and the church’s mission statement.

Project management concepts.

Planning (Who, What, Where, Why, When, How )

Time management.

Basic management concepts.

Prioritizing goals and their tasks.

Church customer service.

A church’s decision making chain of command.

Evaluating activities results.

Managing Using Written Documents.

                        Mission Statement.

                        Vision Statement.

                        Job Descriptions.

                        Written Policies.

                        Written Procedures.

                        Organization Calendar.

                        Goals  - Church’s

                                    - Individual church’s organization

                                    - Individual’s

Leading Volunteers (Directing and Supervising)

Training Volunteers

Evaluating Volunteers’ Productivity

Motivating/encouraging Volunteers

Types of Volunteers & Leaders

Re-engineering / redesigning yourself.

Re-engineering / redesigning a local church.

Re-engineering / redesigning a church’s organization.

Reworking procedures to achieve changing goals and situations.

Refocusing the church’s members, leaders, and organizations.

Refocusing your efforts based on new values, principles, and goals.

Refocusing Yourself (Rededication of Yourself)

Golden Rule value to the decision making process.

Leading a Church as a Paid and Volunteer Staff Member.

Dealing with changes (Elected changes and changes forced on you.)

Conflict Resolution Concepts.

Conflicts developing from different sets of goals. (When church staff’s goals do not match what the membership will support or want.)

The art of designing a church, church organizations, program, activity, etc. from scratch.

Types of Church Members, Leaders, non Members, and Visitors Seminar Series

      [ The following articles may be rewritten to reflect a church and its leaders, members, visitors, regular nonmember attendees, etc. ]

            The Company and its Employees are a Collaborative Partnership©

            Traits of Different Types of Employees©

            Advice on How to Make Your Boss Happy That You Work For Him©

            Traits of a Good Manager©

            Traits of a Very Desirable Employee from a Manager's Perspective©

            Keeping High Rated Employees©

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