Speaking at Your Event
SermonView's founder, Larry Witzel, is available to speak at conference pastors' meetings and evangelism training events throughout the NAD, frequently at a reduced cost to the host organization. Our inspiring and educational workshops can be shared in person to groups of 25 or more pastors, or via Skype.
These presentations are not commercials for SermonView. Rather, one of our mandates is to educate and inspire pastors to be more effective in their outreach efforts. So we've taken our decades of experience working with local churches, and distilled some key marketing and innovation concepts into seminars that provide practical wisdom directly applicable to the local ministry environment.
If you're looking for someone who can inspire and motivate your pastors to improve their evangelism effectiveness, look no further. We have that speaker you're looking for.
Read more about our speakers, topics, and what people are saying below.
"Innovation in a local church requires that you unleash your inspired members. It’s their passion that fuels the innovation."
Current Topics & Presentations
Effective Church Websites
Church exists for those who are not yet part of it! In this presentation, Larry Witzel will give you a deeper understanding of the psychology of church guests, the key features every church website must have, and how to get your website seen. You’ll leave with practical strategies for improving your church website and turning it into a powerful evangelistic tool. 45–60 minutes
Principles of Innovation
The world is changing faster than ever! We have to change our methods, too, without diluting the Truth. In this seminar, you’ll learn a process for innovation and discovery that you can use to grow your ministry effectiveness. Uncover the questions you should ask and the key steps you must take to innovate successfully. Plus, you’ll learn the secret for turning failure into success. Whether you consider yourself a creative innovator or defender of the tried-and-true, you’ll leave this seminar with practical tools you can use to improve your ministry effectiveness. 60–90 minutes
The Science of Evangelism
Dive into the psychology of evangelism, as Larry Witzel explains how cognitive dissonance is a powerful motivator leading people to change their beliefs and behavior. You'll discover some of the specific characteristics of public evangelistic meetings that God uses to help guests embrace Bible Truth, and leave with a deeper understanding of why public evangelistic methods continue to be effective today. Understanding these fundamental characteristics will allow us to innovate new strategies for reaching our world for Christ. 60–90 minutes
Marketing Concepts for Evangelism
Adventist churches grow differently! In this presentation, we discuss several marketing concepts directly applicable to evangelism, including the long sales cycle, the sales funnel, the crucial elements of an effective offer, friction, and advertising frequency. This inspiring presentation has the potential to revolutionize your approach to evangelism and inspire members to do their part. 60–90 minutes
What People are Saying
Larry's fresh viewpoint and his forward thinking are revitalizing and stimulating to us all. I appreciate him.
Larry has been a regular presenter at Adventist WestPoint for the last decade. His topics are always timely, and his sessions well attended. He has been a valuable partner contributing to the success of our event.
Larry came to our pastors’ meetings to speak about evangelism marketing, social media, and innovation principles for local churches. The pastors were completely engaged with his presentations, and I heard several of them talking together about specific ways to apply these concepts in their local churches.
Our pastors seemed really energized by Larry’s presentations, which were dynamic and informational. I also appreciated Larry's engagement with our pastors outside the presentation times. Overall, it was a great experience having him present at our pastors’ meeting.
I so appreciated Larry's presentations. While our church is active in evangelism, the tools and ideas that Larry offered inspired me with ways to better organize and structure our approach to outreach.
Larry's presentations were clear and easy to understand. He has given me a greater understanding of HOW to lead people. I am confident, by God's grace I will be a better evangelist and a better church leader.
Past Speaking Engagements
About Your Speaker
Founder and President
Larry Witzel is a respected innovator and inspiring speaker at the intersection of technology and ministry. As founder and president of SermonView Evangelism Marketing, he leads a team providing event marketing, church websites, Bible study lead generation, and interest tracking services to churches throughout the North American Division.
Larry has spent nearly 30 years in marketing and public relations. His resume includes stints at organizations as varied as Intel, Wellsource, La Sierra University, North Pacific Union Communication Dept., and a variety of technology startups. In 2001 he joined It Is Written as director of its Digital Media Group, leading a team of 15 young creatives in creating cutting-edge resources for evangelism, before founding SermonView in 2005.
Larry has a BA in theology and mass media from Walla Walla University, earned his MBA from the University of Washington's Foster School of Business, and is currently studying in the PhD in Strategic Media program at Liberty University. He is a tech team leader and musician at his local church, is chair of the board for Columbia Adventist Academy, and serves on the Oregon Conference Executive Committee and Pacific Union College Board of Trustees. He lives with his wife and two children in Vancouver, Wash.