Item description for Serving As A Church Usher (Usher's Manual Revised) by Leslie Parrott & Paul E. Engle...
Overview Brief, accessible, and practical help for the pragmatic needs of the church
Publishers Description For: *Individual use *Group training Includes usher s checklist and resources for the offering Your importance as an usher can t be overstated. Your impact is enormous both in meeting the needs of people and in keeping the church service running smoothly. Serving as a Church Usher sheds light on *The Ministry of Ushers *The Functions of an Usher *An Usher s Standard of Excellence *The Authority and Responsibility of Ushers *Ushers as Greeters Zondervan Practical Ministry Guides provide you with simple, practical insights for serving in today s churches. Written by experienced pastors and church workers, these easy-to-read, to-the-point booklets address the fundamentals of different ministries as practiced effectively in real life. You ll find biblical insight and wise, field-tested advice you can apply today, as well as discussion questions to help you think through and integrate what you read."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Zondervan Practical Ministry Gui
ISBN 0310247632 ISBN13 9780310247630 UPC 025986247638
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More About Leslie Parrott & Paul E. Engle
Dr. Leslie Parrott is a marriage and family therapist and co-director with her husband, Dr. Les Parrott, of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of First Drop of Rain and God Made You Nose to Toes, and co-author with her husband of several bestselling books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Leslie is a columnist for Today's Christian Woman and has been featured on Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, and The View, and in USA Today and the New York Times. Leslie lives in Seattle with her husband and their two sons. www.LesandLeslie.com
Reviews - What do customers think about Serving As A Church Usher (Usher's Manual Revised)?
Not what I had hoped... Sep 23, 2006
As the staff member at our church responsible to provide leadership to our various First Impressions teams, which includes the ushers, I had hoped that this would be a resource that I could purchase for each of our ushers as a means of training them for their role. However, I was disappointed to the extent that I won't be purchasing it for my usher teams.
The book does a solid job of laying out the biblical foundations for the role of ushers, and I will surely borrow some of those points to communicate as an inspiration and challenge to our ushers. And there are a number of helpful lists that provide a broad spectrum of tasks that ushers may do.
However, I was disappointed that more care was not given to discuss difficult issues like what to do with screaming children or what to do in the event of a crisis in the worship room. Rather than providing suggestions for what an usher might do in the event of an emergency, the author simply states that a church needs to have an emergency plan in place. It would be more helpful to hear about specific plans that churches have used to deal with these rather thorny issues.
It is an appropriate length, as it can be read within an hour or so.
Appendix 2, "Resources for the Offering," seems like a very strange addendum to this book, as I have never known an usher who was responsible to pray for the offering. This almost seemed like filler material to make the book seem more substantial.
The book is at its best when describing why ushering is a vital ministry in the church. I had hoped for a more helpful how-to guide. There is good stuff, to be sure, but I wish that the entire book had been less generic.
Informative for a new church usher Mar 1, 2006
If you want to know the basic information on being an effective church usher, no matter your religious affliation, this is the book.