Greg Atkinson      |     Deni Brumbach   |     Mark Waltz

The Charlotte Getaway Weekend is a premium experience brought to you by the First Impressions Conference.

We’re going to offer three dates in 2020. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.

SPRING | SUMMER | FALL

Getaway weekends include three days of training and observing – including three days of workshops, team building exercises, and first impressions training from Greg Atkinson and his team on the weekend experience. Weekends also include visits to three churches in Charlotte who excel in guest services, and some fun and relaxation while “talking shop” with like-minded folks.

Once you arrive in Charlotte, the weekend is all-inclusive.
We cover 3 nights of hotel (starting Thursday night), all your meals, teambuilding activities, and your transportation around the city.

Cost: $2000 (Early Bird Pricing)
Cost $2200 (Full Price)
Limited to 10 people. Register today!

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A little about the 2020 Charlotte Weekend Getaway team:

Greg Atkinson is the Founder of Worship Impressions and the First Impressions Conference. Greg is an author, leadership coach, consultant, and member of Forbes Coaching Council. Greg has worked with hundreds of churches of all stages and sizes, including some of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the country, as well as with businesses, non-profits, and organizations such as Josh McDowell Ministries. Greg is the best-selling author of Secrets of a Secret Shopper and the Hospitality Handbook for Volunteers.

Deni Brumbach has served full-time as the Guest Services Coordinator for the past 15 years at LCBC Manheim. LCBC is a church of over 10,000 and has been featured in Outreach Magazine numerous times. Deni has been married for 47 years and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Her passion is serving God’s kingdom and showing people they matter to God. Deni oversees hundreds of guest services volunteers at the main campus.

Mark Waltz is a sought-after trainer, consultant, and coach. His clear understanding of guests, expertise in team-building and a keen eye for excellence call out the best in the people who make up the local church. Mark is the author of three books: First Impressions, Lasting Impressions, and How to Wow: 101 Meaningful Ways to Make a First Impression. Mark has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for over 37 years.

What Past Getaway Attenders Are Saying

“The First Impression Getaway weekend was one of the most helpful conferences I have ever been a part of. Not only did I leave with new friendships, but more importantly a renewed spirit and vision on how to implement hospitality practices at my church. Their ability to give us tangible next steps, and WHY hospitality is one of the most important ministries that your church can have will leave myself and my staff empowered for years to come. Thank you!”

Margaret Stewart

Auburn United Methodist, Auburn, AL

“The weekend with Greg was exactly what my team needed.  It gave us a chance to sit down with Greg and his team to talk through current processes and dream.  It quickly revealed some gaps in our ministry and his team gave us a fresh and clearer direction.  We covered too much for me to list it all.   Some of the topics were regarding volunteer structure, leadership recruitment, connection cards, and best practices.  We grew in our time together as a team and walked away with clear goals to set for the next year.  I cannot recommend this enough!”

Heather Wooten

Connections Team Lead, Forest Hill Church, Charlotte, NC

“For me, the best part of this weekend was that it was a small group of people who are all doing the same thing, all working towards the same goals. The ideas, encouragement, and friendships formed this weekend were so much greater than anything I could have expected going into it. Already, within 24 hours of being home, I am seeing changes happening that will make my team even stronger and have so many more yet to come.

I strongly endorse the First Impression Conference to any and all church groups that want to increase their impact on the guests God calls and draws to their church, with a spirit and culture of sincere love and excellence in their preparation to receive and care for the guests as they come and throughout their church experience. This group does an awesome job at getting people to see and experience what the first time guest experiences and create an environment for them which makes their visit to our churches a smooth and comfortable one.
If you are looking for a great weekend with like-minded people who will give you support, a weekend away, and a time to be refueled, this is the weekend for you!
I highly recommend attending a First Impressions Weekend Getaway! The leaders are very engaging, real, and truly show a passion for the first impressions ministry. The conference will refresh you and motivate you with a new vision for your ministry!
Greg and his team are remarkable high-energy leaders who made our Weekend Getaway in Charlotte Oct. 19-21, 2018, spectacular. Their love for the Lord inspires them to set high personal goals to deliver their messages of how important Guest Services Ministry is for every church, big or small, and they inspired me to do the same.
They beautifully modeled the hospitality we are to show guests at our churches, making everything we did, from the “Break-Out” game Friday night to the discussions, inviting, fun and so valuable. Thank-you!”

Liz Bush

Park Valley Church, Haymarket, VA

“The Charlotte Weekend First Impressions Getaway is a great way to feel refreshed and excited about the vision for First Impressions at your church. You also see a lot of practical examples of people that are doing it well and get one-on-one help from people that have a lot of experience and insight into team culture and guest feedback.”

Tara Campbell

Access Church, Lakeland, FL

“First Impressions leaders Greg and his team are remarkable high-energy leaders who made our Weekend Getaway in Charlotte Oct. 19-21, 2018, spectacular. Their love for the Lord inspires them to set high personal goals to deliver their messages of how important Guest Services Ministry is for every church, big or small, and they inspired me to do the same. They beautifully modeled the hospitality we are to show guests at our churches, making everything we did, from the “Break-Out” game Friday night to the discussions, inviting, fun and so valuable. Thank-you!”

Pam Thiel

New Lothrop Nazarene Church, Lothrop, MI

“The First Impression Conference was super energizing, inspiring, encouraging and a confidence builder.  I loved being around people from different parts of the country, church sizes, denominations, and ages. Much to my surprise, it relational and team building time.  Bonus it was amazing to be around others who do exactly what I do. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet strangers on Friday Morning and leaving friends Sunday afternoon!!! Thank you.”

Sheila Laurence

Faith Community Church, Hopkinton, MA

“The First Impressions Team is a group of high energy, broad content and diverse perspective individuals who take the daunting task of guest services hospitality and make it visionary, exciting and fulfilling.”

Dwayne Patterson, 

Cornerstone Church,  Fuquay-Varina, NC

“For me, the best part of this weekend was that it was a small group of people who are all doing the same thing, all working towards the same goals. The ideas, encouragement, and friendships formed this weekend were so much greater than anything I could have expected going into it. Already, within 24 hours of being home, I am seeing changes happening that will make my team even stronger and have so many more yet to come.

I don’t know how big or small the groups typically are, but I think this was an ideal size for this type of weekend. Much bigger and it would have lost the personal feel which was fantastic, much smaller and it could have been awkward and not as helpful. There was a nice mix of people and church sizes and wisdom. Also, the idea of moving as a group was perfect. Eating together, traveling together… although it may have been exhausting to the leaders, for those of us participating it just felt like one big conversation that lasted the whole weekend. Great job planning and organizing!”

Sarah Jones

Alice Drive Baptist Church, Sumter SC

“The Charlotte Getaway was truly a game-changing weekend. We’ve begun to implement staff/volunteer changes since then and the morale and momentum have never been higher.”

Steve Sayre

Pastor, Victory Church

“Last week I got to experience one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen: 2 multi-ethnic and multi-generational churches. I saw all races, all economic classes, and all ages worshipping together. It truly brought tears to my eyes.”

Brendan Banks

Pastor, Serenity Village Church

“I strongly endorse the First Impression Conference to any and all church groups that want to increase their impact on the guests God calls and draws to their church, with a spirit and culture of sincere love and excellence in their preparation to receive and care for the guests as they come and throughout their church experience. This group does an awesome job at getting people to see and experience what the first time guest experiences and create an environment for them which makes their visit to our churches a smooth and comfortable one.”

Hannah Sand

Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, WA

“I left this weekend feeling more confident in the direction we were heading as a church. I received clarity on some ongoing projects and I feel like I’m coming back with a more clear direction and purpose. It was helpful to sit in a room with others who were struggling with the same things and sit with those who had navigated that problem- we were able to learn from each other as well as from the leaders. This was an incredibly beneficial weekend for me.”

Sandra Gill

Believers Bible Christian Church, Atlanta GA

“I highly recommend attending a First Impressions Weekend Getaway! The leaders are very engaging, real, and truly show a passion for the first impressions ministry. The conference will refresh you and motivate you with a new vision for your ministry!

I just want to thank the leaders – you are all amazing at what you do…keep killin’ it for the Kingdom.”

Allison Johnson

Greenford Christian Church, Greenford, OH

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What’s Included

Once you arrive in Charlotte, the weekend is all-inclusive. You’ll receive…

Inspiration

Walk away with inspiration to better serve your guests

 Meals

All meals and snacks included

 Lodging

Three nights in a hotel

 Access

One-on-one access with our hosts and instructors

 Intensive Training

3 full days of intensive guest services training

 A Plan

Walk away with a plan for your church

 Tour of Churches

Get a tour of 3 Charlotte-area churches doing first impressions well

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 Actionable Resources

Resources you can use immediately at your church

…PLUS…

Don’t miss this! You’ll not only receive access to Greg, Mary Ann, Rebecca, and the other attendees during the weekend, you’ll also be added to a private mastermind group where you can continue the conversation with continued access.

Tentative Schedule

(subject to change)

Friday

9:00am – Breakfast together

10:00am – Team building activity

12:00pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Workshop Part 1

5:30pm – Dinner as a group

7:00pm – Fun group activity

Saturday

9:00am – Breakfast

10:00am – Workshop 2

12:00pm – Lunch

1:30pm – Workshop continued

5:00pm – Church #1 Visit & Worship

7:00pm – Dinner

Sunday

8:00am – Breakfast at hotel

9:15am – Church #2 Visit

11:45am – Church #3 Visit

1:30pm – Lunch

4:00pm (or later) – Depart for home

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