Top 10 Posts – 1st Quarter 2011

Where does the time go? Hard to believe we’re already 25% through 2011!

For us here at MinistryServingMinistry, it’s been a busy quarter. In fact, it’s been our most active quarter since launching the blog last January. Over 1,800 visits and more than 3,500 page views! This is very encouraging as it hopefully means you, our readers, are finding content that is valuable and helpful.

With that in mind, here’s a list of our Top 10 most read posts over the past 3 months. Some are current, while others are from last year. Perhaps there’s one in there you missed, so feel free to check ’em out.

  1. Creating A Standout Women’s Retreat
  2. 8 Ideas For Promoting Your Church Retreat
  3. 6 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Leadership Retreat
  4. 5 Things To Do AFTER Your Meeting Is Over
  5. Too Busy For A Vacation
  6. 3 Steps To More Productive Brainstorming
  7. Don’t Let Your Events Get Stuck In A Rut
  8. What Are The Meeting Trends for 2011
  9. Great Resources For Christian Meeting Planners
  10. What’s Hot, What’s Not in 2011

As always, please let us know what’s going on with you and where we can help.

5 Questions To Ask Before Booking A Facility

As you go through your selection process for a facility to host your upcoming Christian convention, meeting or retreat, you definitely want to be sure and compare. Compare the accommodations, meeting facilities, available recreation, food options and of course pricing.

However, when comparing pricing, it’s critical that you ask what is and is not included. In a previous post (read here), we talked about some questions you should answer before calling a potential facility and how doing so would help save you time when booking the location for your event or retreat.

In this post, the focus is on the questions you need to ask the facilities you’re considering before booking your event. By doing so, you will not only save yourself time, but also aggravation and dollars. The following are 5 questions your should ask each facility you are considering:

  • Is there an extra charge for use of the meeting facilities? While this is not the norm for most Christian conference and retreat centers, it’s not unusual for hotels to charge for their meeting space. Generally the amount of meeting space available to your group is determined by the number of overnight sleeping rooms you need. Should you exceed that ratio, the hotel will typically look to charge room rental on the additional meeting space.
  • Do you charge a room set-up/cleaning fee for the meeting space? This can be similar to the airlines giving you a cheap fare and then charging you for baggage. The only time a facility should be charging a set-up/cleaning fee would be if you are requiring multiple room set-up changes during the course of the day, or you are conducting an activity that requires more than a normal usage cleaning.
  • What recreational activities are free and which require an additional fee? Don’t assume all the recreation listed on the website will be free for your group to use. Ask and then negotiate where necessary, depending on what’s most important to the success of your event.
  • Can you provide your own audio/visual equipment or are you required to rent that equipment through the facility? While some smaller facilities may allow you bring your own equipment, the norm will be for you to rent from the facility. If that’s the case, be sure to get a pricing sheet so you can know exactly what you’ll be paying.
  • Do we bring our own bedding or are linens provided? Granted, not a question you’ll need to ask the local Hampton Inn. However it is a valid question to ask of a Christian conference center or camp. Even if they do provide linen, you may be able to save money if you offer to have your folks bring their own.

The more of these types of questions you can get answered on the front end, the better off you will be. Finally, make sure that all of these details are covered in your contract before you sign it. That will help to ensure your event goes smoothly and there won’t be any unexpected surprises.