Events for The Christian Meeting Planner

Last year we published 2 posts telling you about Rejuvenate Marketplace 2010 (read here and here). In today’s post we want to make you aware of another faith-based planner meeting. If you are a Christian meeting planner, denominational leader, church retreat planner, or anyone else responsible for planning events and retreats, it’s certainly another event for you to consider.

Jayne Kuryluck, with Christian Meetings & Convention Association, sent us the following information which we are happy to share with our readers:

“Have you ever wondered what impact we would make on our industry, if all Christians did business together in a way that proclaimed Christ?   Would people be encouraged and souls won for the Kingdom?That is the purpose behind Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (CMCA).   We do business and proclaim Christ in the hospitality industry.  ‘Finding Rest’ is the theme for this years  gathering at Ridgecrest Conference Center April 12 – 14, 2011.”

Are you planning to attend CMCA or Rejuvenate Marketplace 2011 this year? If not, is there another event planning conference you attend?

Getting The Most From Your Volunteers.

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When working with volunteers, realize that part of your job is training — not telling people to do things, but training them to do the job.

  • Tell volunteers that they can come to you at any time for help and understanding. Let them know that you are available to them. Be willing to sit down individually and listen to their questions and problems.
  • Be sure that volunteers have complete instructions. Don’t let them start a job until they know exactly what their duties and limitations are. Where appropriate, develop checklists and job descriptions for key roles.
  • Prepare a timeline with details on when every piece of the task should be completed. Then, follow through by monitoring progress.
  • Let them know that they have accepted a responsibility, and that it is critical for them to complete that responsibility.
  • Be intentional about making the work fun — laugh together and enjoy each other.
  • Let them know that God has given them the talents to do this job.
  • Set the parameters within which the volunteers must work.
  • Maintain the nurturing, caring character of a good parent. If you don’t, it’s going to be very hard for volunteers to feel that they are a viable, and valuable, part of the team.
  • Begin each day with a time for prayer.

Volunteers are so important to many organizations and it all starts with the basics of good communication and teamwork.