Guide for Ushering in the 21st Century: Ushering in Small Church Settings

Guide for Ushering in the 21st Century: Ushering in Small Church Settings


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Guide for Ushering in the 21st Century is an autobiographical narrative/exposition of ushering that presents actual experiences behind God-guided usher team developments. However, this is no ordinary “How To” Christian book. It is a real story, with real characters in real-life situations that take place on a small church campus. The conflict and climax encountered through an effort to train ushers as key point people in church reflects a challenge that every church experiences. The plot thickens with explicit detail that describes real events that happen behind the corridors of the church when leadership seeks to change structures.

Chapters 1-3 introduces the reader to the difficulties of initiating training for ushers and “what” it takes to get started, and “how’ to start. Chapters 4-5 demonstrates recruiting and preparing ushers. Then the author describes the discipline necessary to acclimate to structure, which invariably leads to resistance. The plot thickens with conflict through Chapters 6-9. In Chapter 10 the plot reaches a Climax as the leader of the team implodes as organizing efforts explode! In Chapters 11-15 the plot changes direction and reads like a novel!

In the end, the author takes a “low road” of humility to point out the importance of forgiveness that heals relationships and becomes the key to change. It is a must read for every serious pastor and leader who see the ushering team as a ministry of “Helps” to come alongside worship. The author says, “Ushers provide a vital service that relieves other departments of burdens by providing total care for the congregation and visitors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997909500
Publisher: JJ Planter Books Self-Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2016
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Gladys "Tywanna" Smith was born in Hazard, Kentucky and presently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is married to Samuel J. Smith Senior. They have four children, Walter Lowery Jr., Gwen Baylock, Ronald Smith, and Donnell Smith. God has blessed them with eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Tywanna is a Registered Nurse. She has served in various leadership roles at her church, Trinity Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville Tennessee, and currently serves there as Prayer Ministries Leader. She is also President of the Prayer Federation East Tennessee Area. Tywanna earned her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Walter State Community College, Morristown Tennessee. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City Tennessee, majoring in Religion/Religious Studies and with a minor in Psychology. She received her Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies (Cum Laude), and her Doctorate in Ethnic Studies from Covington Theological Seminary.

Founder and Editor-In-Chief of JJ Planter Books, Inc. and have operated for approximately a year and a half. Author, Trues Self-Publisher, Mission Developer, Nonprofit Developer, Professor. Pastored for 30 years, Planted Multiethnic Urban Churches for 8 years. Married to Doris Ross (RN) for 39 years. Three children, Jeremy 36, Kassia 32, Danielle, 30. No grandchildren. Authored "Season of Discontent" (A Visionary's True Confession). Edited "The African American Guide to the Bible." Edited and True Self-Published "Shattered & Made Whole." Currently editing and producing five more books.
Professor of Urban Studies: Teach courses in Urban Demography, Urban Theology, Contemporary Urban Issues, Urban Ministry, Urban Evangelism, Cross-Cultural Outreach, Urban Community Development, Urban/Cross-Cultural Church Plant, and Nonprofit Ministry Development.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Introduction, Will You Help Train The Ushers, Ushering Is Ministry, The Past & Present Of Ushering, Recruiting For The Present & Future, Preparing Church Ushers, Financing Ushering, Practice Deadlines, Intro To Training Ushers, The Training Sessions, The Pleasure & Pain Of Training, Qualities Of Ushers, Responsibilities Of Ushers, Ushering Protocol In Funerals & Emergencies, The Holy Spirit & The Usher, The Fruit Of The Spirit In Service, Conclusion: Going Forward, About The Author, Endnotes, Bibliography.

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