Tips For Hosting A Conference
If you are looking for fresh new ideas for hosting a women’s conference in your church, , we are going to give your some great tips. If you have never had a conference in your church before we hope these tips will help. These are ideas that have been used by other churches with great success. I suggest that you check out these ideas and then make them your own. These are meant to help you but when hosting the WOW team you are in charge of any decorations and the meal. Later in this page you will find some links to some websites that will give you some very useful tips.
As you can see from the picture to the right one great idea that we have done is getting the ladies to decorate a table in whatever theme they choose. You would be surprised at how much fun they will have planning and decorating their tables.
TIP #1–This is the most important tip of all PRAY! Begin with prayer
TIP #2 Find a date that works for you and your conference speakers
TIP #3- Secure the location. If you have only one speaker the location is not going to be as much of a problem. But, if you are having a team like WOW you will need to make sure that you coordinate the location with the team. We have a packet of information that we send that outlines the host responsibilities. Most speakers and teams will have those.
TIP # 4- Planning the event. If your church has never had a women’s conference before, this can be very intimidating. Don’t worry or stress out about it. Use your contacts and church resources to help you plan your event. If you do not have a women’s ministry team then get a few ladies from your church to help you with your plans.
TIP #5- Meal preparations- Are you going to serve a meal or snacks? This can be the biggest challenge for smaller churches. Charging for your event may be neseccsary is you do not have the finanical means to make your conference a free event. You decide. Then get together with other churches and find out what has worked best for them.
TIPS #6- Promotion, promotion, promotion! I cannot say enough about that. You must get the word out about your event. Many speakers come a long way and you do not want to them speak to an empty room! WOW Ministry has tools that will help you with promoting our event and many other speakers have materials as well. Many do not however, but again look at what other ministries are doing and get ideas from them.
TIP #7 – Decide whether or not you want to have an all-day event or just a few hours. An all-day event like WOW takes a little more preparation but we have done conferences in many different settings and we can help you plan yours. If you have only one speaker that comes in for a few hours you can do a little less. Women love to get together and be treated to a special time. Make it fun. It can be as eleaborate as you wish or as simple as you like. That is really up to your church.
Look for more ideas and we hope you have a wonderful event!
Here are a few links with some helpful tips for you to browse through: