10 Most Read Posts – 1st Quarter 2012

Hard to believe, but the first 3 months of 2012 are in the books! Time really does fly when you’re having fun and it’s been a busy, fun last 3 months here at MinistryServingMinistry. Traffic on the site is up. Hopefully this means you are finding articles helpful to you in your work or personal life.

We know many of you are relatively new to our blog. With that in mind, here is a list of 10 most read posts this past quarter:

4 Ways We Promise To Show A Little Love – At Ridgecrest we recognize how challenging and stressful it can be for the person planning their group’s meeting or retreat. Therefore we want to do everything we can to make planning an event with us a great, positive experience. To help make this happen, here are 4 ways we promise to show our event planners a little love.

What’s A Hollow Square? – As in any industry, hotels and conference centers sometimes have a language all their own. Here’s a little help in translating…

3 Steps To More Productive Brainstorming – Brainstorming with your planning team is a great way to ensure you provide an event your attendees will find engaging and worthwhile.  Here are 3 steps to take that will go a long way to making your next session more productive.

8 Ideas For Promoting Your Church Retreat –  If you don’t also spend time on strategically promoting your retreat, you may end up with a great retreat that no one attends. With that in mind, here are 8 ideas for helping to promote your upcoming church retreat.

5 Things To Do AFTER Your Meeting Is Over –  As many veteran planners can attest, the end of the meeting means you still have some work to do. Work that will definitely help you in planning future meetings and/or retreats.

Ridgecrest Recipies – Rutland Chicken – Enjoy and then let us know what you think!

Creating A Standout Women’s Retreat – A podcast interview with Chris Adams and Betsy Langmade, 2 of LifeWay’s long-time women’s leaders sharing what they’ve learned about planning women’s events.

Meeting Planner Survival Kit – Many planners need to be prepared to address last minute needs and emergencies. Here is a starter list of items you need to have in your meeting planner survival kit to be prepared at your next event.

5 Tips For Programming Effective Youth Camps – Brian Mills serves as student pastor Long Hollow Baptist Church and is passionate about reaching young people for Christ. Here are his thoughts on how to program your youth camp for maximum spiritual impact.

5 Tips For Relieving Meeting Planner Stress – Since stress is inevitable when you’re the planner, the key to handling it is to take a positive approach. Here are 5 tips that can help you deal with the stress associated with planning and running your event.

As always, thanks for checking out our blog!



Are You Insane?

Before answering, or shooting fiery arrows in my direction, let me explain why I’m asking this question. I recently read an article on LifeWay’s Women Reaching Women blog that got me thinking. (Those of you who know me, know how dangerous this can be!)

The article was entitled “The Spin for the Women’s Ministry Leader“, and it was aimed at getting women’s ministry leaders to stop and think about how they are doing ministry. To make her point, the author told of an experience she had in a Spin class where the handlebars on her bike became wobbly. As she tried to fix them, she found herself turning the adjustment knob in all directions, to no avail. As the handlebars were coming off in her hands she heard a voice say, “Turning the knob is not going to help anything. It is obviously broken”.

“Wow!” In the business world, I was taught that doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting different results, was a classic definition of insanity. Her point was that this is true in ministry as well. Because we’re out front as leaders, we’re often not willing to change direction, stop what’s not working, ask for help or utilize the talents and ideas of others.

So, when it comes to your events, are you insane? Do you have an event that is declining? Too often the tendency is to think if we just work harder and promote better, attendance will be up this year. That may be true, but several years of declining attendance could also mean the event is dying.

Events are a product and like all products, have a life cycle. Launch, ramp up, plateau, decline, end. The key is to know where you are in the life cycle of the event. If attendance for your event has been declining, here are several questions you need to be asking yourself and your planning team:

  • Is there still a need for this event?
  • Why are people not attending?
  • Has the program grown stale?
  • Am I still excited about this event, or just going through the motions?

Just because your event is in decline doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to go away. Business journals are full of case studies where companies have been successful in extending the life cycle of their key products.  However I’d be willing to wager that very few were successful just doing the same old, same old and expecting different results.


Top 5 Posts From 2010

Happy New Year and welcome to our first post for 2011!

As we kick off the new year, I felt it would be good to look back at the first year of our blog. We created MinistryServingMinistry.com to be a resource to those who plan Christian/church events, meetings and retreats. Hopefully you have found our posts to be helpful as you go about doing the work of your ministry.

Just in case you might have missed one, here are the 5 most read posts from 2010:

  1. Creating A Standout Women’s Retreat
  2. Rejuvenate Marketplace: Inspiration For Faith-based Planners
  3. 8 Ideas For Promoting Your Church Retreat
  4. 6 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning A Leadership Retreat
  5. 5 Common Meeting Planner Mistakes

Thank you for helping to make our blog’s first year a success. We look forward to continuing to provide you with helpful information in 2011. Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have a specific question or topic you would like to see us cover. We’re here to serve you!

Creating A Standout Women's Retreat

Recently I had the opportunity to record our first podcast for Ministry Serving Ministry with Chris Adams and Betsy Langmade. Chris and Betsy both work in Women’s ministry here at LifeWay Christian Resources and are experts when it comes to planning events for women. Hopefully you will enjoy what they have to share.