Eighty-Three Days Until The Expo

Only eighty-three days until the 2014 SGT Ministry Expo!  That may seem like a lot of time but it will be here before you know it!

Please check your email for the official registration application for the Expo.  If you did not receive it (check junk mail), just call the office and leave your email address for my secretary at extension 112.

Are you having trouble following this blog? Just look for the little box in the lower right hand corner of the screen that says “Follow.” That seems to be the easiest way.

Don’t forget to tell me about anyone part of our congregation who might have a unique or extraordinary talent for the SGT Family Variety Show!


Table Day

Hey Y’all Expo Peoples!

I hereby declare that August 9, 2014 shall be designated “Table Day!”

“Table Day” will run from 9 am to 2 pm in Conference Rooms 1 & 2, and will be an opportunity to set up your table, see how it looks, and perhaps get some creative input and suggestions concerning your table from others who seem to have a knack for this kind of thing. It will also give us a chance to check the quality of everyone’s table before the Expo on September 21.

PLEASE NOTE: “Table Day” is not “Start from scratch” day! Please do not show up with a half-baked concept! Fully bake your concept before you come.

ALSO:  If you have stumbled upon some great ideas for your table and would be willing to share them with others, email them to us at sgtmxp@gmail.com and we will add them to the Table Tips page.


Awesome Meeting Today!

Wow! I was really blessed by the attendance and the questions at today’s Ministry Expo informational mtg! There were forty to fifty people there and I think we are getting excited about the Expo! If you were there today: Thank you so much! If you were not, there’s no time like the present to get started.

My take away from the meeting? Many are excited, the wheels are turning as people think through what their table will look like. Also, people are wondering, and rightly so, about logistics: table size, electrical outlets, backdrop curtains, expenses, etc. DON’T HESITATE TO ASK QUESTIONS! We will all help each other arrive at our ministries’ best visual representation.

Don’t forget to be in touch with your supervising pastor!

Be blessed!

Tip Sheet

Your Table

Does your ministry have a distinct logo? If yes, is it integrated with the new SGT logo?

Does your ministry have a clearly articulated ministry mission and vision? Is it in written form?

What kind of “give-aways” or “freebies” can you consider providing for those who visit your table? They should be practical and functional and remind people of your ministry (pens, key chains, refrigerator magnets, etc.)

Do you have pictures of your ministry in action that can be integrated with your over all table presentation?

Who will man your table throughout the day on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28?

Articulating Your Ministry

Are you able to clearly articulate, for those interested, a clear path to joining your ministry? What are the requirements? How do they get started? How do you decide if they are qualified?

Do you have a “fool-proof” process that guarantees a meaningful response to anyone needs or wants to join your ministry? In other words, who do they call and will they get a response?


Expo Blog


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Where’s The Questionnaire?

Leaders who got the original email announcement concerning the 2014 SGT Ministry Expo may remember that initially we said that leaders would have to answer some questions on a document that would be forthcoming.  Those leaders may also be wondering why that questionnaire never “came forth.”

The truth is we are still determining what questions to ask. Soon we will need to know who wants to share a table, who needs electricity, etc., but for now we are just trying get the word out to leaders and get the ball rolling.

So, fear not! If this has caused you NOT to sign up, call my secretary Anna ASAP and sign up verbally! We will get more specific information from you later.

EXPO = Fun For The Family!

The 2014 SGT Ministry Expo will not only be a great showcase for our ministries but it will be fun for the whole family as well!

The Family Variety Show

On September 21, at 3 pm, as part of the Ministry Expo, we will have a Family Variety Show, featuring interesting, fun, even unique talent from our church. It should be a lot of fun and should give people who attend our early services a reason to return to the Expo, thus increasing their exposure to our ministries.

SGT’s Got Talent!

There won’t be try outs and the Variety Show won’t be a contest. We also won’t have time to feature everyone. BUT I would love to get your suggestions or leads to people in our church who have unique talents to share and we will hand-pick the best of the best! If you know of someone, just email me. Some possibilities might be a Christian comedian, a Christian rap artist, someone with a dog that does really great tricks, etc.

Hope to hear from you soon!


104 Days And Counting!

I know, it seems odd to be counting down the days until an event happens that most have not heard about, but it’s a start!

This year, on September 21, the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle is going to host its very first Ministry Expo! Actually, I was told today by Bob Zuber that the church used to do something very similar over thirty years ago! So, perhaps I should say the “very first Ministry Expo of the modern era!”

If this is the first you are hearing about the SGT/MXP, you should take time to read the introductory letter and the vision casting document which gives a bit of insight into the feel we are aiming for for, especially if you are a leader.

If you have read these documents and would like to be a part of SGT/MXP, just get in touch with the pastor or leader over your ministry, follow the instructions in the letter to sign up, and be prepared to attend the orientation meeting on June 22, @ 12:30 in Conference Room 1.

Oh yeah, sign up to follow this blog so that you can get email notices every time we post more information!

Talk to you soon!

What will the Expo be like?

(Click here to read the letter to SGT leaders explaining many important details and logistics for the SGT Ministry Expo 2014.)

The 2014 SGT Ministry Expo, September 21, is going to be an exciting, fun-filled day for the whole SGT family! The main focus of the day will be the ministry tables which will showcase the 115-plus ministries at SGT. However, there will be many other highlights that you won’t want to miss!

More Than One Expo!

As mentioned, the 2014 SGT Ministry Expo will be a forum for showcasing all of the ministries at SGT. However, the 2014 SGT Ministry Expo will also feature the Children’s Ministry Expo (Conference Room 6) and the Planet Impact Expo (Conference Room 5)! These two vital ministries will be out in full force as they showcase their ministries to our children and young people!

Getting Connected

Alongside all of the ministries being featured at the Expo, there will be a special “connection section” which will feature a photo booth, the new Ministry Match program, the Arena table, and our Online Giving program.

Photo Booth

The photo booth is for all those families or individuals who would like to have their picture taken and placed in the new SGT Church Directory. The directory will be accessible through our website. Having this directory will increase our ability to engage in deeper fellowship and in identifying each other for the sake of ministry.

Ministry Match

The Ministry Match program is a fresh approach to engaging the SGT body in ministry. Every Christian should be involved in ministry but sometimes people are not sure how to go about it. With Ministry Match all you do is answer a few questions and your name will be entered into our church database and that will start the process. There are three categories for potential ministry participants at SGT: Targeted, Guided, and Volunteer. Those in the Targeted category will be those members of the SGT family who want to be involved in ministry on a regular basis and who are aware of their gifts, talents, and callings and know exactly where they want to serve. Those in the Guided category are those who want to be involved in ministry on a regular basis, are somewhat aware aware of their gifts, talents, and callings, but are undecided as to which ministry would fit best. Finally, those in the Volunteer category are those who are not able to be regularly involved in any particular ministry but would like to volunteer their time and talents as the need arises.


Shelby’s Arena is our new church mangaement system. It will allow us to do many sophiticated tasks with our database such as texting, phone tree calling, mass emailing, and also online sign-ups for church events. They key? Your information! We hope you will stop by the Arena table and make sure your information is in the database.

Online Giving

The Online Giving table is your opportunity to learn more about how easy it is to give to the Lord through SGT’s Online Giving program.

Fun For The Whole Family!

Other “specialty” events for the afternoon are yet to be determined. After the third service there will be events designed to make the Expo a fun for the whole family! They will also give people a reason to come back in the afternoon, giving them a double exposure to our ministry opportunities!

The Family Variety Show

At three o’clock we will have our very first Ministry Expo Family Variety Show! This is going to be a fun time for the whole family that will feature unique and quality talent from our own congregation.

Vinny Vetere Takes On All Comers!

Vinny Vetere (you may know him as “Magic Vinny,” is an arm wrestling champion and he has agreed to take on all comers that afternoon! Should be a lot of fun!


Need we say more? There will be food for purchase so that you and your family can make a plan to stay for the day at the SGT Ministry Expo! Once you get your food you will find tables scattered throughout the conference rooms where you will be able to sit and enjoy your meal in the midst of all the activity. All of the proceeds will go towards the planning of an even better Expo next year!

What’s happening on September 28?

The main thrust of the SGT Ministry Expo will happen on September 21. However, all ministry tables in the Main Lobby will remain on display through September 28. This should serve as an “afterglow” for those who attend on the 21st, and informational for anyone who was not able to attend that day. Every effort will be made by those ministry leaders to be available at the tables on the 28th as well as the 21st, although perhaps in a more limited way on the 28th.