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Product Details

  • Series: Zondervan Practical Ministry Guides
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310247632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310247630
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

About the Author

Paul E. Engle, series editor for Counterpoints Church Life, is an ordained minister who served for twenty-two years in pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan. He is an adjunct teacher in several seminaries in this country and internationally. He serves as associate publisher and executive editor in the Church, Academic, and Ministry Resources team at Zondervan. He and his wife Margie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Dr. Leslie Parrott was for sixteen years, the president of Olivet College, Kankakee, Illinois, and was formerly the successful minister of a large church in Portland, Oregon. He had advanced degrees in the art of communication and in theology. He was the author of numerous books.

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Dr. Leslie Parrott was for sixteen years the president of Olivet College, Kankakee, Illinois, and was formerly the successful minister of a large church in Portland, Oregon. He has advanced degrees in the art of communication and in theology. He is the author of numerous books.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chad Oberholtzer on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LATH on March 1, 2006
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If you want to know the basic information on being an effective church usher, no matter your religious affliation, this is the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Dunmore on June 7, 2007
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This particular book gives you insight of why there are ushers with scripture backups. I consider this a good choice as well.
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By Marian Carey on July 13, 2013
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This product has helped to advance my knowledge of a Head Usher and gave me insight on how to be an effective leader.
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