Top 10 Posts – 2nd Quarter 2012

I think it’s safe to say we’ve entered the dog days of summer and I’m already looking forward to fall. This means the 2nd quarter is behind us and it’s time to share our 10 most read posts over the past 3 months. Hopefully this will help you find a worthy post you might have missed in the past…

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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.
  4. Ridgecrest Recipe:  Rutland Chicken – Have you been looking for something new to do with chicken?  Enjoy and then let us know what you think!
  5. 5 Things To Do AFTER Your Meeting Is Over – Everyone has gone home and you want to relax but here are a few things that still need to be done and will definitely help you in planning future meetings and/or retreats.
  6. Creating A Standout Womens 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 3 Tips To Creating An Unforgettable Event – Here are 3 tips on how to turn your event into an unforgettable experience.
  9. 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.
  10. 7 Tips For Getting The Most From A Site Visit – Once you decide to make a site visit, here are 7 tips to help you maximize your time.

Which post have you found most helpful?


5 Keys To Selecting A Church Youth Camp Location

In just a couple of weeks, churches all over the country will begin taking their students to camp. Whether that camp is run by Centrifuge, Student Life, etc., or the church does its own camp, this time at camp is critically important to the spiritual growth of the students who attend. Many will make first time decisions to follow Christ or rededicate their life to Him, while others will surrender to the call of ministry.

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk camp with Brian Mills, youth pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Brian is a pro when it comes to taking students to camp. This summer he and his Long Hollow Student Ministry team are hoping to take 1,500 students and adults to camp!

Sure, that’s a lot of folks. But, whether you’re taking 15 or 1,500 to camp, the success of your time at camp really boils down to just 2 things…location and program. Choose a great location, but have a weak program, or the other way around, and the spiritual impact of camp will be negatively impacted.

So, in this first of a two part post, I asked Brian to talk about what he believed to be the key factors when selecting a location/facility to take his students to camp each summer. Here are the 5 keys he listed:

  1. Remoteness – Doesn’t really matter if the camp is actually out in the middle of nowhere, just so long as it feels that way. The more remote it feels, the easier it is for students to let go and engage.
  2. Spiritual atmosphere – This one’s a little tougher to quantify. Really comes to down to why the facility exists. You’re much more likely to create a spiritual atmosphere at a Christian camp or conference center than you are at hotel or condos on the beach.
  3. Ability to control the environment – You can have a great program, but if you don’t have any control over what else may be happening at the same location you could be in trouble. This can be a very significant issue if the facility you’re using is public and not private, such as Christian camp or conference center.
  4. Easy to keep the boys and girls apart – Do I really need to explain this one? 🙂
  5. Varied recreation options – Don’t forget, most kids go to camp because they want to have fun. Make sure the location you choose has enough options to keep ’em busy having fun!

Definitely some good helps from Brian. Any other keys you’d like to add to the list?