Greg Atkinson is an author, speaker, pastor, coach and consultant who has worked with churches of all sizes, including some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country, as well as organizations such as Josh McDowell Ministries.
Greg has produced worship services for three mega-churches, served on Worship & Arts staffs and been a pastor – serving the local church for the last 24 years. Greg also produced several large conferences including Leadership Network’s Innovation3 Conference, Catalyst Dallas, and the Rebecca St. James’s SHE Conference.
Greg was selected as one of the Top 30 Christian Leaders to follow on Twitter in 2017. To read the list featuring leaders like Dan Cathy, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Ravi Zacharias, Bob Goff, Russel Wilson, David Carr, LifeWay, Tim Tebow, Brian Houston, The Gospel Coalition, Dr. Sam Chand, Chris Brown, Frank Bealer, and others – go HERE.
Greg’s blog was also selected as one of the Top 35 Blogs Christian Leaders Need to Read in 2018. His blog is listed with ChurchLeaders.com, Pastors.com, Michael Hyatt’s blog, and others. You can read the list HERE.
Greg has spoken at numerous colleges, seminaries, and conferences all over North America, including teaching “Intro to Praise and Worship” at Dallas Theological Seminary from 2005 to 2007. Greg has trained several church staff teams, including full-time staff at Saddleback Church and Prestonwood Baptist Church.
Greg is a contributor to many magazines and websites, including ExPastors.com, Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox Newsletter, Pastors.com, ChurchLeaders.com, Outreach Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, XPastors.org, Catalyst, FaithVillage.com, Preaching Magazine, ChurchCentral.com and Leadership Network.
Greg is a coach and consultant – specializing in areas such as first impressions (also called hospitality or guest services), leadership, and the entire worship experience. Greg is a member of Forbes Coaching Council and a Forbes featured contributor.
Greg has been a professional secret shopper for several aspects of the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels, and various forms of travel.
Greg is the Founder of the First Impressions Conference – the annual event featuring the leading voices for first impressions and guest services in North America.
Greg is the Executive Director of ExPastors.com – a ministry to all current, former and future pastors.
Greg is also the Founder of Worship Impressions – a professional church secret shopper service. Greg has worked hard over the last decade to build this consulting brand and reputation of a solid ministry to the local church.
Greg is based out of Charlotte, NC. You can read more details about Greg on his blog: http://gregatkinson.com/about/
*** If you’d like to see an overview of Greg’s new book and read what key leaders are saying about it, visit the book website here.
Mary Ann Sibley
I’m MA or Mary Ann. You could call me a consultant, but I’d much rather you called me a cheerleader, a guide, or maybe even a ninja. I’m what you may call a “get-it-done” kind of gal.
I believe that helping people with the small steps is just as important as providing the bigger vision, goals, and “best practices.”
That’s why we’re cheerleaders at MatterSpark. We have a huge heart for seeing people win and excel in leadership, customer service, and volunteer engagement. That kind of success can only happen through both planning and action, with investment on all sides.
In every business I worked for in the last 20 years, I had a tendency to work myself out of a job. I had a knack for growing and developing employees beneath me.
I was Vice-President, Commercial Lending of 2 major banks (NationsBank (Now Bank of America and BB&T) for over 15 years. And then worked as the Chief Financial Officer of high tech, international corporation, headquartered in Canada.
This passion followed into my personal life. I came to the church for the first time at 40 years old. Before long, I was a volunteer. And then I was offered a job to oversee the construction of the church’s 89,000 new building. That was a 5-year project and at the end, I was given the opportunity to start a volunteer ministry from scratch and see it grow it into the thousands.
That experience was powerful for me. I discovered that while a one-time speech can be inspiring, no matter how awesome, it can’t impart change without a plan and leaders to take action to implement the vision. And that’s the part I love to dig into with you.
So that’s why I do what I do – because what you do matters and I know how to light the sparks you need to make it bigger than yourself.
Let’s kindle what matters together. I’m cheering you on.
Mary Ann Sibley is the owner of Matterspark. She loves the beach, a great book, and quality time with her family. Some have said she should come with a warning label because she oozes so much “energy and enthusiasm that your team will never be the same again.” You can be the judge and contact her here.
Jason Moore is passionate about deep, meaningful transformative worship. He also believes that intentional hospitality is required to earn second, third and ongoing visits to our communities of faith.
For over two decades, Jason has been a sought-after ministry leader, worship and guest readiness coach and author. Most weekends you’ll find him leading seminars on Creative Worship and Guest Readiness or conducting secret worshiper consultations with churches all across North America.
He began his ministry in the late 90s at one of the flagship churches in the United Methodist Church (Ginghamsburg UMC), and went on to be an early pioneer in the area of worship media and resource production through his ministry Midnight Oil Productions.
The author of ten books, Jason is dedicated to teaching practical methodologies that are rooted in biblical principles. He peppers his teachings with humor and ideas that are within the reach of churches large and small.
Among his proudest accomplishments, he is husband to Michele, and father to Ethan and Madeline (both in their pre-teen/tween) years.
Jeff has vast ministry expertise from his 1000+ church consultations in 42 States and 7 Countries.
His specialty is with reaching men, which is perhaps the most challenging of the four subgroups (Men/Women/Students/Children) to welcome onto a church campus. He lives by the mantra, “Many Churches have Welcoming Events for Men, but few Churches have Welcoming Environments for Men.”
He served in 3 different Churches (SC, FL & NC) as a Men’s Pastor from 1985 – 2013.
Jeff founded MVP (Men of Valor & Prayer) in 2005, which involved 500+ men in Charlotte, N. C.
He served as the National Field Director for Man in the Mirror for 4 years, coaching 100+ Field Staff.
He launched “The Intentional Way with Coach K” in 2018, focusing on 4 primary objectives.
He approaches ministry from a coaching grid, having led 4 State Championship High School Teams.
More information about his ministry vision, philosophy and strategy can be found on his website… IntentionalWay.org
Hey Friends! I am a wife, boy mom, high school teacher, preacher’s kid, and I am Church-Guest-obsessed! Motivated by Romans 15:7 and caffeine, I love coaching churches and servant leaders in helping them develop their First Impressions ministries.
You may have heard it stated that guests decide in 7 minutes if they want to come back to the church they’ve visited or not. My mission is to help churches grow by coming alongside and consulting them on creating a purposed, organized, and thriving First Impressions Ministry. The kind that doesn’t just entertain, or just stops at “turn to someone you don’t know and welcome them”, but one that displays and extends the Gospel to guests by authentically welcoming and helping them “from the streets to the seats!” (Searcy, Fusion).
I want to help churches love guests well and be as intentional as possible in that 7 minutes, so they will. It is my belief that genuine hospitality is the first step in the disciple-making process and in the pursuit of fulfilling the Great Commission. It is doing and being the Gospel. It is the key to revival in our churches. It is the foundation of a healthy community. Hospitality is Jesus.
As a Believer, my heart is for the Church and as a teacher, my heart is to train and equip!
When I became a Guest Services Coordinator at my church, I knew it was exactly what God had been preparing me for my whole life! I learned so much in that time of opening a new campus and leading a team of amazing volunteers. For the past few years, God has allowed me to work with several other churches as a Secret Shopper and consultant. I have written blogs and been a guest on the North American Mission Board Podcast and been a part of the incredible First Impressions Conference team!
If you desire your church to experience deeper unification and for the community, your church serves to experience Jesus, I would love to assist your church in developing a Hospitality Ministry to help in accomplishing those eternally significant goals.
I look forward to joining you in this Kingdom work.