Item description for Greeting 101: Easy Steps to Greeting in the Local Church by Buddy Bell...
Overview Momentary Ministers . . .
Most people think it takes a long time--years, months or even days to accomplish something profound, something great for God. The truth of the matter is that church greeters have this opportunity every time someone walks through the doors of their church.
Greeters have the awesome ability and opportunity to be an ambassador for the Lord. The pastor's vision is carried on and his ministry is extended through these everyday people. Sound exciting? It is !
Learn how to be an outstanding greeter in your local church and start doing something great for God today!
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Studio: Harrison House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.9" Width: 3.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.22 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1998
Publisher Harrison House
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More About Buddy Bell
Buddy Bell played baseball for eighteen years in the major leagues with the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, and the Cincinnati Reds, and was a five-time American League All-Star. After his playing days, he managed the Detroit Tigers and the Colorado Rockies. He is currently on the Indians coaching staff. Buddy's father, Gus Bell, was a National League All-Star with the Reds for fifteen years. Buddy's sons, David (currently with the Phillies), Mike, and Rick are all involved in professional baseball. Neal Vahle holds a Ph.D. in American history from Georgetown University and has written extensively in that field.
Buddy Bell currently resides in the state of Oklahoma. Buddy Bell was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Greeting 101: Easy Steps to Greeting in the Local Church?
Good Insight Apr 7, 2008
This booklet has good insight for someone new to a greeting ministry to understand that this is a ministry like any other ministry in the church, and not to be taken lightly. I have purchased copies for my present team members in case they would still like to read it - we are already doing what is in the book. However, I will make it required reading for any new team members so that we are all on the same page.
Just plain weird... Feb 1, 2008
I work on a church staff, and one of my responsibilities is to lead and support our First Impressions ministries, which include our greeters. I was hoping that this book would provide some helpful information about this vital ministry and might even be good enough that I could give it as a thank you gift to our greeters. It fell far short of those reasonable expectations.
What "Greeting 101" offers is the perspective that greeting is important. For anyone who thinks that greeting is trivial or insignificant, Bell's enthusiasm for this ministry role might help to correct this view. This is what prevented me from giving a 1-star rating.
Otherwise, this book offers very little. The writing style is overly simplistic and reads almost like a children's book. There is very little substance to the author's points, and I was not challenged in any way.
The worst part is that Bell tells some really weird stories and makes absurd suggestions. It seems like a disservice to the ministry of greeting to suggest that it provides medical solutions to physical maladies. The fact that a man's arm stopped hurting when he shook hands with a church greeter isn't inspiring, it's just odd.
How about the technique of how to hug someone who doesn't want to be hugged? I prefer the novel idea of respecting another person enough to honor their wish and not hug them when they don't want to be hugged.
And my final criticism consists of a simple quotation from page 23: "I usually tell my greeters to stand at the door and act like a vacuum so that when anointed men and women of God walk through the door, they can draw upon all the anointing they want. When the speaker walks through the door, I tell them to kick it into double speed and draw all they can. Then when someone comes through the door who needs the anointing, they can pass the power of God on to them." I'm sorry to say this, but the anointing of God does not function like static electricity that can be stored up and zapped onto other people.
I try to read as much as I can on the subject of church hospitality ministries, and there are a lot of books about ushering and a handful of books about greeting that have been published in the last decade. Unfortunately, most of them are rather forgettable, if not quite so bizarre as this one. The best book on the topic, though more general, is Mark Waltz's "First Impressions," which is a truly remarkable book and worth reading for anyone who serves in the church.
Not Recommended Nov 17, 2005
I wanted to like this book, but honestly, I didn't find the kind of serious treatment of the important subject of the greeters ministry of a church. I would not recommend it for training greeters. Some of the examples in the book were strange if not fanciful. Like the directions about "how to hug someone who doesn't want to be hugged" or the greeter who was given a diamond ring by a guest. Try "Serving as a Church Greeter" by Leslie Parrott, Paul E. Engle