Great EXPO!

Super Job at the EXPO everyone! Send us your pics, email your testimonies, suggestions, complaints, etc. Thanks to every ministry leader, team member, Gopher, variety show act, etc. for making this a great EXPO! Thanks Tim Hoppe for a great floor set-up! Next year’s date is September 17!

Pastors Are VIPs at the SGT Ministry EXPO!

If you are a Pastor of a church on Long Island or in the Greater New York City area, we invite you to come and be inspired at this year’s SGT Ministry EXPO.

What is an EXPO?

The modern “expo” concept goes back at least 225 years to “an industrial exhibition” held in honor of “the coronation of Leopold II as king of Bohemia” featuring a “considerable sophistication of manufacturing methods.”1 The idea behind an expo is to bring together in one place the most innovative, cutting edge technology, methods, inventions, etc., contemporary and relevant to the times. So, how does this apply to the SGT Ministry EXPO?

What is the SGT Ministry EXPO?

The SGT Ministry EXPO began as a means for the Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle to showcase its ministries to its own congregation for the purpose of helping them find ministries that can minister to them and to help them find ministries that they can come alongside of and participate in (for more click to read our Dreaming Big document).

Last year, we began inviting outside ministry guests and local church pastors and their congregations.

This year’s guests are Xulon Publishing, Oral Roberts University, and Open Gates Ministries from here on Long Island.

Why should local pastors come to the EXPO?

Most importantly, it is our hope that the eighty or so ministries on display from SGT plus our outside guests will provide ideas, inspiration, and encouragement for pastors and their leaders to take back to their own churches. Perhaps it will be the idea of the EXPO itself. In any case, it is a great day of encouragement for ministries. Our vision for the EXPO is that we would reach for and demonstrate—or have demonstrated to us—the latest technologies, the newest ideas, and the most cutting edge ministry tools possible! That we would be inspired and have our own visions for ministry made larger! The EXPO is not simply for our own local church, but for all the churches and ministries on Long Island, the greater New York City area, and beyond. Big vision? Yes! But great achievement begins with the smallest of persistent efforts!

Secondly, we want to honor our local pastors by giving them the VIP treatment! This includes comping a meal for the pastor and his or her guest and a gift bag. Just let us know you are coming and check-in at the EXPO tent when you arrive.


Here is a link that will answer logistical questions.  However, of course pastors have their own services on Sunday! So, just know that lunch is served at 12 noon (for as long as it is available), the variety show starts at 3 (it will be standing room only), and the exhibits will be in place until 3 pm.

Pastors, we hope to see you at the EXPO!


When is the EXPO??

Here are the important logistical facts about the EXPO this Sunday:

• The EXPO is ALL DAY this Sunday beginning at 9 am. in Conference Rooms 1-6, the cafeteria, etc.

LUNCH will be served beginning at 12 noon. The menu will be:

Grilled chicken with roasted peppers, prosciutto and topped with mozzarella, accompanied with a port wine Demi glacé served on a bed of roasted garlic smashed potatoes. Eggplant rollentini- thinly sliced eggplant, stuffed with pesto angel hair pasta. Topped with homemade marinara and melted mozzarella. And a salad. 

• The Variety Show will begin at 3 pm.


Need More Gophers!

Gopher with dogtags

Greetings Church Family! This is a Gopher Alert!

As you know the EXPO is coming up in just seven days. It is going to be a great day!

Here’s the good news: You can still be an EXPO Gopher! We have some great volunteers but the quality of the Gopher experience increases exponentially as the number of Gophers grows!!


What will you be doing as an EXPO Gopher?

This week we need some people who have time to come and iron table cloths. The all have to be ironed and ready for set-up saturday morning.

Saturday is set-up day beginning at 9 am. We will set-up tables and banners and run extension cords to the booths: everything necessary for a smooth ministry set-up beginning at 5 pm. Lunch will be provided for the Gophers on Saturday (pizza).

Finally, all gophers need to be available to be great hosts to our ministry leaders all day Sunday.


Gopher T-Shirts

The first forty or so people that commit to serving as a Gopher all day on Saturday and Sunday will receive a Gopher T-Shirt to be worn on Sunday (presuming sizes work-out, etc.) and will have their meal comped on Sunday.


Welcome to the EXPO Blog Site SGT Family!

The EXPO is only seven days away! Here are the reasons you should plan to be at SGT ALL DAY LONG next Sunday, September 18…

First, it satisfies one of the goals of our church’s Vision Statement: “To CONNECT with one another in fellowship…” 

The EXPO is a full and fun opportunity to connect with others at SGT and to enjoy great food and fellowship. Since food makes fellowship more fun, here’s the menu from the EXPO Cafe:

Grilled chicken with roasted peppers, prosciutto and topped with mozzarella, accompanied with a port wine Demi glacé served on a bed of roasted garlic smashed potatoes. Eggplant rollentini- thinly sliced eggplant, stuffed with pesto angel hair pasta. Topped with homemade marinara and melted mozzarella. And a salad. 

Wow! Right? Now, fun also makes fellowship more…well…fun, there will be loads of that as well!

You can get your picture taken at the Happy Faces Photobooth, chase down the EXPO Blue Light Specials that will be happening from 1 until 3 pm, try and keep up with all that the Center (SGT’s youth group), the Royal Rangers, and the SGT Kids will be doing, AND DON’T FORGET The EXPO Family Variety Show at 3 pm! Plus, there are always lots of great giveaways at the ministry booths!

The second way that the SGT Ministry EXPO satisfies SGT’s Vision Statement is by helping to create an environment where you can to experience “the transforming power of the Holy Spirit through…serving in ministry!”

The EXPO is the perfect time to discover ministries that can minister to you and your family, and also to discover ministries you can become a part of! For those who come to the EXPO from other churches, the ministries represented will serve to inspire them to reach even higher heights for the Kingdom of God. This year’s special guests include:

Xulon Logo        ORU        open-gates


Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!
This year at the EXPO, there will be two great opportunities to win prizes!

First, the EXPO Blue Light Special! Too young to know what that is? Just run to the flashing blue light. Run to the light!!

blue light special

The EXPO Variety Show will feature a “prize throw”! (Must attend to figure out…)

Did I mention the EXPO Family Variety Show?

Some special things are being planned for sure. I can tell you that Donald Trump will be there! What more do you want? Want more? THERE’S GONNA BE MORE!

Sam Kim

The Bottom Line? You can afford to miss a moment of this year’s SGT Ministry EXPO!! I will see you there…



Spreading the EXPO to the Island!

One of the visions for the EXPO is that it would be a resource to area churches and a source of inspiration for those in ministry.

The SGT congregation is so interconnected with other churches and pastors on the island and in the area that I thought it would be good if I could motivate all of you to personally connect with your pastor friends and their families and invite them to the EXPO.

Here is what I am asking all of the EXPO ministry leaders and teams to do: get in touch with your pastor friends and their families (whether they are on staff or are senior pastors) and if they come to the EXPO we will give them the V.I.P. treatment, starting with comping their meals (the pastor and his wife). We will also have a special gift bag. All they have to do is come to the EXPO tent and sign in.

Now, it will help us to know if they are coming so that we can be prepared. So, if you make personal contact with a pastor and his family and get an affirming response, let us know and we will be ready! We will also follow-up with an E-invite if you provide us with their email address.

Please help us spread the EXPO to the island!

What is the path?

The purpose of the EXPO is to help people find the path to our ministries. Now, that path may lead them to you because they need you to minister to them or they may be good candidates for coming alongside your ministry and joining your team. So, what is the path someone should take in order to come alongside and join your well_worn_pathministry?

Here are some questions to help your ministry be prepared for the EXPO:

1) How can someone get involved in your ministry? Can they? Is your ministry open to any qualified person who might present themselves to you at the Expo saying, “I really want to come alongside of you and serve in your area”?

2)  If your answer is “Yes,” what are the qualifications a person needs in order to do what you are doing or at least to help you do what you do? Are those qualifications written down so that they can be made clear to potential ministry recruits at the Expo? If a potential recruit is to call a certain number or show up at a particular event to observe, etc., will someone answer when they call? When they show up to observe, will there be a formal process to facilitate their further progress into your ministry?

3) If your ministry is NOT open to new, qualified people, is there a valid reason? Is your ministry free of social barriers or cliques that would prevent new people from becoming part of what God is doing through you and your ministry? Is your ministry based on calling and qualification rather than personality types or prior social connections?  (NOTE: Truthfully, it is hard for me to imagine that there is not some way to involve new people into every ministry but I suppose it is possible that there could be a valid reason that a ministry would be closed to new involvement. I think it would have to be a really good one!)

What time does the EXPO start?

As you all know, we have Gopher Clocknew service times this year so we will adjust the schedule slightly.

  1. Set-up, as last year, begins at 5 PM, September 17. Please make every effort NOT to try and set-up earlier. It really does make it more difficult for those setting up.

2. Sunday morning, someone on your team must be at your table by 8:30 AM. Please alternate table attendance so that the tables are staffed at all times and so that everyone can attend one of the services.