With the rise of megachurches and attractional ministry models, an increasing number of U.S. churches use big events to disciple their congregations and reach new people. As with any ministry model, it comes with its strengths and weaknesses.
THE PROS: Church events can be a great opportunity for fellowship that deepens the relationships within the church. Events can reach new people in the community, particularly those who might have an aversion to weekend church services. And events often provide a low-commitment opportunity for idle church members to test the waters by volunteering and, hopefully, become active members of the congregation.
THE CONS: Of course, anyone who has ever planned a church event knows they can be expensive. They can use time, money, and manpower needed for more valuable ministry. And worst of all, too many church events keep the congregants so busy that they lack the time needed to live out the Great Commission through relationships with nonbelievers.
So what’s a church to do?
Ask yourself, “Does this event help or hurt God’s will for our church according to how we’ve been guided by God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s leading?”
If God wants you to do it, do it.
If not, don’t.
And if it’s unclear, then judge the need for the event by (1) your church’s purpose, values, and mission, (2) the available budget, (3) the expected success, and (4) the New Testament’s example.
How to do church event planning without the stress.
ACTIVE Faith assembled a team of four seasoned church event planners, so that you can learn from their wisdom how to balance priorities, eliminate stress, promote the event, and stay within budget. A few highlights include:
Ask God to show you what He wants the end result to be for the attendees and revisit that “end” regularly to make sure you’re still on track.
Be flexible but not a push-over. You will never be able to please everyone, and you risk losing control if you try.
Enlist a diverse planning team. Specifically, surround yourself with people gifted in areas you are weak.