A recommendation on consulting on transitioning from youth work to involvement ministry:
After spending almost 25 years in Youth Ministry, I believe it was time for the next chapter in my life. Our congregation was ready to move in the direction of Involvement Minister and call people to service for the Lord’s kingdom. I was able to spend a weekend with Travis Irwin in Athens, Tennessee and pick his brain on ideas about Involvement. This time was very valuable in helping me formulate a plan of action and I gained many tools to help us launch into this new ministry.
I would recommend Travis to any church and its leadership, because of his passion to see people in the kingdom of God serving and using their talents.
Matt Dahm, Marion, OH
Richland Road Church of Christ
Another recommendation on consulting on transitioning from pulpit work to involvement:
Travis Irwin has been in touch with me, Tim Lavender, ever since I made plans to step down from the pulpit and begin easing into involvement ministry. This transition has gone smooth, but now without many questions to be answered as to what involvement ministry is all about. I have been a pulpit preacher for the same church for 37 years and so I know everyone here, but deciding what to do in my new roll has been challenging. I spent a day with Travis and he really helped me to think about the possibilities. Travis is energetic, passionate, and very down to earth on his approach to involvement. He has more than a few great ideas that I had never even thought about such as a “Fruit of the Spirit tree,” church -shirts, a big membership picture cut up into a puzzle to show how we connect and work together, posters, banners, newsletters, etc. His leadership class covers what really is practical and helpful in getting your team working on involving all members. I highly recommend his program and approach. He will help you in any way that he can.
Tim Lavender, Smyrna Church of Chris, Smyrna , TN
A recent leadership retreat that I led:
“First, thanks so much for your excellent contribution to our retreat. It went even better than I expected it would…I’ll be very glad to endorse and promote your workshop in every way I can. May God continue to bless all aspects of your ministry to him! Thanks, again, and God bless!”
Joshua Pappas, Pulpit minister, LaVergne (TN) Church of Christ
All the evaluations of this retreat were positive. It is evident that I did not lecture; what we did was to involve everyone present in a comfortable manner. These good folks were enthused and shared willingly. It was a great weekend. The purpose of the retreat was to train the leaders on how to get members involved in ministry using our “I Serve U” inventory/materials.
Most recently, a recommendation from our IM Training and our 2nd annual Church Involvement Conference:
From having attended this year’s conference I can say it was a rich, rewarding experience, an opportunity to learn how to develop or improve church ministry and share experiences in this ministry. Travis is passionate in leading the involvement ministry at the Athens congregation, and is a gifted teacher on the subject. I highly recommend the conference as well as the instructional session.
John Bean Pine Valley Church of Christ, Wilmington, NC