That list includes special Christmas and Easter services, marriage retreats, back-to-school nights, community outreaches, Vacation Bible School, and many more.
Are you constantly fighting the battle of staying focused on the vision God has given you due to the distraction of event details and trying to keep your team on track?
Have you ever felt frustrated with how an event went and knew you could have reached more people?
You can change that with The Church Event Planning Toolkit
Deborah brings a valuable mix of both corporate and ministry experience to this event planning guide. She teaches church leaders how to bring their team around a shared vision and inspire them to immaculate execution. Smart church leaders will apply Deborah's system for their next church event.
Church events can become powerful, catalytic moments for growth and change in a congregation. Unfortunately, trying to manage events well creates a lot of stress and chaos. Few people are as qualified to lead churches through all of the difficulties and details as Deborah. Get the toolkit, keep your sanity.
Events can generate a lot of excitement, energy, and growth in a church. But they often mean a lot of busy work, circular motion, and communication confusion. Deborah’s toolkit walks you through the planning process, focusing on the crucial first steps you should take and
Deborah is a wonderful writer and communicator. Her passion for gospel clarity shows through. So many churches struggle with event and project management. This book will be a great help to anyone looking for answers.
You don't have to practically live at the church the week or two before an event.
You don't have to feel stressed about what details you may have missed.
You shouldn't have to beg a vendor to rush an order (and pay extra) because someone forgot to place the order.
You can give the person (or team) who handles graphics for the church more time to get creative and develop several options to choose from to promote the event.
You can allow for a few creative brainstorming sessions to come up with an overall theme and schedule that will impact those in attendance.
Events don't have to be stressful. They can be energizing, inspiring, and fun moments for staff, volunteers, and attendees alike.
How is that possible?
By using a simple, yet proven process to plan the event from start to finish. It is not exciting or flashy, but it works. I've used this process to plan events of 1,000 attendees and up to nearly 10,000 attendees.
You can scale this up or down depending on the size and complexity of your event. It can work for a volunteer appreciation night with 100 people or a community outreach of 5,000 people.
That is the beauty of a standard, repeatable process. You can use it for any event size and it still works.
Plug & Play Templates
This truly is a toolkit with downloadable templates including an Event Planning Questionnaire, Event Timeline, Volunteer Job Descriptions, and more.
Proven Planning Process
I've used my Church Event Planning Process for event sizes ranging from 1,000 to nearly 10,000 people. It works for any size or type of event.
Step-by-Step Event Guide
Your to-do list is already full, so a complicated process or theoretical ideas won't help. Instead, you'll receive practical tips and instructions on how to plan your next church event.
We just completed an event that had 15,000 people from the community at our church over three nights. Deborah Ike's latest work, "The Church Event Planning Toolkit" fits the mold for how we planned this enormous event. As we do more events, Deborah's work will be invaluable.
If you’ve ever been part of putting on a church event that left the volunteers frustrated and exhausted, you need to get your hands on this book. Events should be hard work but rewarding. They should feel like winning. They should get your volunteers excited about serving again next year. Make your next event a win - get this book.
In my book "Plan 4 It," I outlined the four master plans every church must have: Ministry, Financial, Facility, and Sustaining. As I read "The Church Event Planning Toolkit," I was please to see that Deborah took a similiar approach to planning a church event. I love the principles of Project Management and how they apply to this topic. I have worked in the "church space" my entire adult career and have seen great events and...well...leave it at that. The ones I have witnessed that were successes followed the principles that Deborah outlines. Her expertise in this area is unparalleled. If your church has events (and that is 99% of you), then this is a must read for you and your team.
I love attending great events, but I absolutely hate planning them! Great events don't just happen, however. They take great planning and execution. Deborah Ike's new book is THE guide to planning a great event. She provides a checklist of all the things you need to plan and do, many of which I wouldn't have considered, including the vital stuff you should do after the event is over. If you ever need to plan an event, whether it's your first time or you've done it a hundred times before, you need this book!
Deborah Ike is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management, dedicated to helping church leaders grow their church and create a life with healthy margins.
In addition to serving in ministry, Deborah worked for an international consulting firm and a Fortune 500 company as a consultant, project manager, and risk management analyst. Deborah is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.
Don't let another event go by without having a toolkit to help you achieve your vision.