Schedule for a SERVE Ministries Workshop is as follows:

Friday afternoon:    

8:30   Creating/Recreating a Mission Statement for Your Congregation


9:15 – Introducing Involvement Ministry


9:30 – Organizing for Involvement:  No Time, Part Time and Full Time

Break out session

10:30 – You are God’s Masterpiece:  Your Gift

Break out session


1:00 – Discovering the Real You:  Learning About Personalities

Break out session


2:00 – You Have Some Very Good Baggage that God Can Use:  Looking Closely at How the Lord has Blessed You with Education, Life Experiences & Skills

3:00  – What Drives You?   Looking at Your “People” and “Things”

              Passions:  Your passions are the fuel that drive you to serve

Break Out

4:00  –  How Your Past Affects Your Present:   Your Past Ministry

                   Experience and How They Relate to Your Service Today

5:00 Supper and evening break

Saturday morning –   

8:00 – U Are Ready

8:30 – Real Life Coaching:  What is It & Why is It So Important?

Break out and experimentation of Coaching


9:30 – Bearing Fruit:  How to Motivate the Brethren to Be Involved


10:30 –  Campaigns and Special Events

11:15 – Break out and dismissal 

Costs of Attending:

You will be responsible for your travel expenses and room and board.   We simply ask for a donation to the church to cover expenses for materials and use of the facilities.  This can be any amount small or larger.   Travis Irwin does not receive any compensation for his presentations and will not request or accept any. 

Contact information:

The church office can be contacted Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. at 423 745 0554.

Travis Irwin can be contacted anytime at 423 920 3060 or email him at

Hotels within 4 miles of the church:

There are 4 high quality motels at Exit 49 on I-75 (I-75 runs between Knoxville and Chattanooga north and south). Those motels are:

The Comfort Inn   423 252 8030  (gives 10% discount; mention Athens church of Christ)

The Hampton Inn   423 745 2345

Holiday Inn   423 649 0003

Fairfield Inn (opened May, 2018)  423 507 0870

I would urge you to go ahead and make your reservations soon; these motels are usually full because we are part of a tourist area.

Following are some responses from our most recent workshop:

Very well done

Workshop made me want to become more involved in ministries…

Great information—encouraged me to be more active in God’s work

Very thorough!   Time flew by

Workshop so interesting and helpful for me to realize what my ministry can be and my passion

If as a church you are serious about every member being a minister and improving involvement in the church, this workshop is a good place to start

Recommend it to any congregation….

I think all in attendance can benefit from the material presented in this workshop.  It helped each of us focus on our own gifts as well as the strengths of others so we may all contribute more effectively and more enthusiastically

Great inspiration to become more goal-oriented in God’s work.

This was helpful in making us getting more involved