“Fresh Ideas” Author Diana Davis Suggests Ways to Add Pizzazz to Your Christian Women’s Events

Diana Davis
Diana Davis

Are you planning a women’s event at your church this fall — a retreat, luncheon, conference, mission project or weekly ministry? Try adding these elements to create exciting, God-honoring pizzazz:

— The Buzz Factor. Generate anticipation. Give the event a great title or theme. Do excellent promotion, using social media, quality graphics, email, church website, bathroom walls, church exterior sign. For your biggest event, assign your friendliest ladies at worship exit doors to personally give both a verbal and printed invitation to each woman. Even better, give them two invitations, so they can bring a friend.

— The Team Factor. Include new people of varying ages on the planning team. Our team usually consisted of five ladies — each with a specific major assignment to fit her talents, such as program, décor, publicity, tickets, table hostesses. After an initial meeting, each one recruits her own separate crew to accomplish that assignment with excellence, intentionally including new and fringe people. The event coordinator or staff leader synchronizes.

— The First Impression Factor. Every detail is done “as unto the Lord.” From the moment a woman steps from her car, first impressions count. Directional signs and greeters simplify her arrival. Entry foyers are attractive and point to God. Even if she’s early, there’s a joyful atmosphere, friendly ladies and Christian background music as she arrives.

— The WOW! Factor. Create the unexpected. Strive for a gasp, “Oh, you’ve got to see this!” Brainstorm your theme to make one thing very memorable. A gorgeous entry. A surprise guest. A unique decor. An amazing dessert….

— The Flow Factor. Leaders use a minute-by-minute private schedule, assuring the event begins and ends precisely on time. Anyone who attends feels it was “worth her minutes.” Most announcements are printed in the program to avoid drag. Although flow is meticulously planned and implemented, the mood is relaxed, with plenty of fellowship before and afterward.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Davis