Podcast Episode 19: Generosity Begins in the Parking Lot

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Bryan Rose, a lead navigator with Auxano. During their conversation, they discuss how generosity and hospitality are not two separate things.


Best Quotes

“The word generospitality comes from the question, ‘How do we connect generosity and hospitality?’”

“What was really attractive about the early church was how they loved each other and how they loved the strangers.”

“We can’t really separate welcoming well from the disciple-making process.”

“People know quickly if you are in it for them or if you are in it for yourself.”

“Most of the times we have a guest because something is missing, something is broken, or something is changing.”

“God uses us from the parking lot to the pew to help them understand and feel comfortable and experience our space well.”

“The goal of a first-time guest is to get them to come back a second time.”

“Most of the time, our people and leaders don’t even know what it’s like to be a guest.”

“Creating a great guest experience influences every area of your ministry.”

“Take a look at your website. If your service times aren’t clear, if the location isn’t right up front, that’s an easy tweak you can make before this Sunday.”


As a Lead Navigator and multi-site specialist for Auxano, Bryan’s vision facilitation weaves a strong strategic style with an engaging creativity. With experience in virtually every church ministry role, Bryan enjoys connecting with the diverse staff and lay leader perspectives on the teams he serves.

Prior to Auxano, Bryan served in a pastoral capacity for 12 years in three churches, in contexts ranging from a church “replant” to a growing megachurch. His most recent role was leading the multisite initiative as campus pastor of a 3500 attendance church in Metro Houston. Bryan and his wife Kelly now live in the Nashville area with their two children.

Bryan has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Architecture from Mississippi State University.


Recommended Resources

Generosity by LifeWay (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)

Auxano (https://auxano.com)

Breeze (https://www.breezechms.com)

@robertvadams on Twitter

Bob Adams Blog (Guestexperiencedesign.com)

Generospitality eBook (https://lifewaygenerosity.com/generospitality)