by Spencer Click/ October 29, 2015
Questions are powerful. Questions are an essential part of planning. Questions, when answered, help to provide clarity. Questions help you avoid doing something just so you have something to do. When first planning an event, start with the right questions. When starting with the right questions, an event will meet a need and not just create activity.
Once you have determined the answers to these questions, you’re ready for the next set of questions.
Planning takes time. Planning takes effort. Planning requires you as a leader to spend time thinking about things others do not think about. The reality is we can have an event that has a huge crowd and is a lot of fun, but if it doesn’t meet a need in your church or community and produce a measurable win, then why did you do it? Not every event has to have a huge altar call and garner hundreds of salvations, but each event should have a purpose that helps fulfill the overall vision of your church.To avoid having events just to be busy, you need to start early. Your calendar for next year should be decided before the end of this year. (This helps with budgeting, also.) To maximize the effectiveness of your planning, start early, invite other people to share in the dreaming and planning, and understand how the event will move your ministry and church forward in vision and mission. In reality, events are a lot of work and can be a lot of fun, but successful events start months before the event actually happens. Only birds should wing it – leaders plan!