WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HOST A SHEEPDOG SEMINAR IN YOUR CITY...?
(..."you do NOT pay us to come to your church...")
We are constantly asked about what is necessary to host a Sheepdog Seminar. We have done our best to make this process as simple as possible. In light of that, here are the facts about what it takes to host a Sheepdog Seminar in your area
- You do NOT pay us to come. You do NOT pay for our transportation, food, or lodging (if you have a missionary house, or some place similar, that we can stay at - that would be acceptable). Attendees of the seminar will preregister at this website.
- You ARE asked to provide a location (church sanctuary, etc) that can hold several hundred people.
- We do ask that your location/city is near a major airport.
- You ARE asked about whether or not you are confident that you can get a crowd of 300 or more (you are NOT obligated to pay for any number less than 300. We simply want to know if you are confident that a number close to 300 or more are interested. One of the reasons for this is due to Colonel Grossman's unbelievable schedule. He has been on the road about 300 days a year for over 15 years. We want to make it worth his time - and yours! These Sheepdog Seminars are an absolute favorite of his. HE WANTS TO DO THIS!).
- You ARE asked to turn on the sound and computers (Power Point presentations) for Saturday's seminar, as well as make necessary arrangements for the showing of the movie FAITH UNDER FIRE on the night before the seminar.
- You ARE asked to advertise the event by any and all means possible: radio, TV, newspaper, social media. You are free to give our number to anyone with the press. We do interviews all the time.
- The presence of Vendors is totally up to you. Colonel Grossman, Carl Chinn, and Jimmy Meeks will need tables for their products. If you have Vendors you want to bring in - and charge accordingly - that is totally your decision to make. As a matter of fact, we encourage you to do so. You can raise money for missions projects, etc by doing so (see below for further info about having vendors).
- Lunch details are up to you. We have found that it is best if attendees stay on the campus for lunch. Some places we have been have charged an additional 10 dollars for lunch, and using it, too, as a fundraiser.
- Some churches have "coffee shops" and sell such products during the breaks. That it totally up to you and your church.
- We do ask (not demand, but ask) that the churches of the area reach out to the local police departments and help them attend the seminar. This is is how churches can help police. By helping them get training that can keep them alive. So, please consider purchasing some tickets go the seminar to help the police.
- Colonel Grossman's presentation requires certain items, all of which are discussed on this page (below the contact form).
There is one very important thing we need the potential venues to understand: We will only come to locations where a TEAM OF PEOPLE are committed to the success of the seminar. By this we mean a team of individuals who will focus on reaching different sectors of the population (police, churches, educators, etc). We will not participate in a seminar where one individual has to do all the work. If invited to a church, it is our sincere hope that the entire staff sees the utter importance of the seminar and is devoted to helping in whatever way they can. Pastoral support is absolutely necessary!
We try to keep this as simple as possible. Our aim is to tackle the problem of violence. We are out to equip, inspire - fire up! - The Sheepdogs. May the Lord bless our efforts.
Do NOT hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions. Call us at 817.437.9693. Or email us by filling out the form below...
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Colonel Grossman does have some specific items that he will need for his presentation. Please do your best to have these things in place. We will show where to put them, etc, when we get there.
- To begin with, he has to have TWO easels. They have to be sturdy, preferably like the ones in the photos to the right.
- The easels must stay in place, and not move around when written on.
- Also, please have at least TWO bags of sand (or rock salt) that can be placed at the bottom of the easels, which will insure their steadiness.
- In the photos to the right, you see an example of the kind of easels he will need. It doesn't matter whether you use the top one or the one below it. He will not write on these dry erase boards, instead we will hang large notepads on them and he will write on the pads (he brings his own markers). He will discard each piece of paper when he finishes with it.
- To the right, below the large dry erase board, you see the kind of paper he will need for the easels. We will need two of those. These notepads will be fastened to the easels (or dry erase board).
PHOTO BELOW: Carl Chinn giving his presentation, standing between the two easels that Colonel Grossman will use during his presentation. Two note pads are hanging from the easel, fastened from the top.
THE SCREEN and CAMERA DOCUMENT READER
- We will also need a screen upon which he can flash images (similar to the one in the photo to the right).
- He will use a projector linked to his Camera Document Reader (see the photo below the screen picture) that will flash the images on the screen.
- NOTE: If you have the technology at your church to hook up his image camera directly to the projector at your church - that is sufficient. This means the wiring that would do so would be under your stage or nearby.
- Colonel Grossman has his own Camera Document Reader.
- We will also need a projector. He will hook the projector to the Camera Document Reader and the image will flash onto the screen.
- One again, if you have the technology to hook the Camera Document Reader to the overhead projector your church uses, that will work. But it must be able to function from the stage where HE can control it.
WHAT DOES JIMMY MEEKS AND CARL CHINN NEED
- Carl Chinn and Jimmy Meeks' presentation will require the use of Power Point.
- A clicker we can use to advance the slides (we do NOT allow anyone to change the slides for us).
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU WANT TO HOST A SEMINAR...
- THE WEATHER. What is the weather usually like at the time of year you're considering hosting (ice, snow, etc)?
- CHURCH SCHEDULE. Be sure and thoroughly check your church's schedule before picking a date.
- TEAM EFFORT. Is your church staff on board with this? We do NOT want to come somewhere where we are not wanted. We are serious about thwarting violence. We have years and years of experience of dealing with violence; and we are absolutely heartbroken over it! And we hope YOU are, too. Thus, it is our hope that your church staff, like Jesus when He looked out over Jerusalem, have wept over your city.
- LUNCH. What do you want to do about lunch? It is BEST if attendees STAY at the campus and not leave for lunch. Thus, you might want to consider charging for a lunch to be served at the campus. For example, we can have attendees prepay for a lunch to be brought in by someone (Chik Fila) or, as some churches have done, cook a meal that is a fundraiser event for a group at your church (the youth, for example).
We hope that you invite vendors to participate in the seminar. Furthermore, we hope that the vendors you invite serve a twofold purpose:
- After the seminar, attendees will be very aware of the need for continued training. This is one of the primary purposes of our seminar - to stimulate the attendees to seek further training. So consider having vendors who can serve this purpose.
- Invite vendors who are part of organizations that combat such problems as...
- Human Trafficking
- Domestic Violence
- Ministries that assist women in getting out of the adult entertainment business.
- Organizations that assist in educating the public about mental health issues (this is of great importance: churches know very little about how to help the mentally disturbed).
- Crime Stoppers Organizations
- Local Police Department's Crime Prevention Units
Almost TWO DOZEN church-related SEX CRIMES are reported daily in the United States. Most of the time the victim is a child. Because of this, we have put forth great effort to invite Youth Directors and Children's Workers to this seminar. We have a session on this subject: and we will show you exactly what you must do to keep these crimes from happening at your church or a church related function. We plead - BEG - all such workers to attend the seminar. FIFTY PERCENT of these sex crimes are committed by a church volunteer: THIRTY PERCENT are committed by a MEMBER OF THE CHURCH STAFF.