Terry A. Smith

The Hospitable Leader Experience

Curated. Collaborative. Immersive.

Thursday – Friday, July 18 - 19

The Life Christian Church

West Orange, NJ


How do you influence an ever-expanding diversity of people, engage high-capacity leaders, and unleash your church or organization’s full potential?

It’s the question every great leader asks himself or herself. Building a hospitable culture can make or break an organization, and it doesn’t happen on accident. It takes a plan, hard work, and we would suggest, an invitation. We call this comprehensive approach hospitable leadership, and it’s proven to be transformational, relational, and results-oriented.

For the last 27 years, The Life Christian Church (a growing & diverse church in the NYC metropolitan area) has been on a journey to create environments of welcome. We’ve seen revolutionary results, and we can help you learn how to do this, too.

Once you learn to practice hospitable leadership, you will see your ability to impact your sphere of influence multiply exponentially. What was true 2,000 years ago is still true today: When people feel genuinely welcome, they will give you the opportunity to lead them.

Using the “5 Welcomes” from Pastor Terry Smith’s book, The Hospitable Leader, as our guide, we will offer you the tools for creating environments where people and dreams flourish.



Learn to create environments – like Jesus did – where people’s hearts are warm and more open to being influenced to true, good, and beautiful things.

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Explore the need, and exponential power, of welcoming strangers. These are people who are strange to you in some way, and to whom you seem strange. When we welcome strangers, we can multiply our influence through an ever-expanding diversity of people.



Model being hospitable to the dreams of those you lead while also inviting them to engage in the mission of the Church and to help actualize God’s dreams for the world.



Hospitable leaders are hospitable communicators. Like Jesus, our words are full of grace and truth and ultimately bring transformative results.

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Jesus came to fulfill the most important mission in the history of the world, yet He said that He came “enjoying life.” Discover how leaders must learn to feast in the context of a life of purpose and how their leadership effort can feel like a feast to their followers.

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The Hospitable Leader Experience is curated, collaborative, and immersive.


Receive hands-on consultations from experienced ministry and industry leaders to help you expand your influence.




Interact with peers who serve in similar positions and capacities in an environment where we learn together.



Experience hospitable leadership by spending time immersed in the culture of The Life Christian Church and interacting with TLCC Staff Team and Leaders.


 Your Speakers & Hosts

Pastor Terry A. Smith & The Life Christian Church Staff Team

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  • Presbytery of TLCC

    • Pastor Michael Durso – Senior Pastor of Christ Tabernacle, Queens, NY

    • Pastor Dan Dean – Lead Pastor of Heartland Church (Texas) and member of contemporary Christian music group “Phillips, Craig and Dean”

  • High-Capacity TLCC Leaders

    • Tony Steadman – Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

    • Tim Fern – Head of Global Enterprise Partner Management, Oculus VR/Facebook

    • Russ Hammonds – Co-Producer, Universal Cable Productions/Syfy Network

    • Maria Rice Bellamy – Associate Professor, College of Staten Island/CUNY, and Author of Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women's Fiction

    • . . . and more!


 The Hospitable Leader Experience Details


  • The Life Christian Church, 747 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ  07052


  • Thursday, July 18 from 6-9 pm

  • Friday, July 19 from 9am-5pm

  • Add-On: Friday Night Experiences, July 19 at 5pm - Experience a night in New York City at a NY Yankees game in a private party suite or the Broadway Musical “Wicked”, offered at a low additional cost.


  • Purchase your group tickets at $99/person or an individual ticket at $119 until May 31st. (We encourage you to bring key team members with you to maximize the impact of this experience).

  • Friday Night Experiences will most likely have a low additional cost. We are working through pricing and will communicate this as soon as possible.



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  • If you have questions, please contact our church office at 973-731-7744 or info@tlcc.org.