Ladies Retreats and Ladies Days
I love to write, and I love to speak. I also love to create opportunities for God's women to get together and share some special time growing in the Lord.
When it was time for me and my team to start planning a few years ago that there was a shockingly little direction out there for people who love planning such things. So, here are some tips that I have learned by trial and error thus far. Hope it blesses you and your sisters!
* Keep it simple. No need to over-complicate things. Whether decorating or signing up your guests, keep it as simple as possible while still giving your ladies a great experience.
* Create a great team. Make sure you have a great blend of logistics and creativity. You need people who will think of great ideas, and then ones who will make those ideas happen. In other words, you need bossy gals and gals who won't mind being bossed.
* Know your ladies. When planning these events, make sure to know the personalities of the ladies you are serving. If your ladies are fun and lighthearted, then fun and silly activities should go over well. If your ladies are more reserved, then silly activities may be considered humiliating or uncomfortable. If your ladies want deep study when they retreat, then you will want to find a speaker who meets that need. On the other hand, if your ladies prefer "no crying" on girls weekend then you know to keep things light. Chances are a blend of both is best, but the more you know your group the better it will be.
* Know your speaker. Your speaker will set the tone for the day or weekend. Is she funny, lighthearted? Then you may need to plan for some deeper, more thoughtful activities to balance her out. Is she deep and heavy with her topic? Then light and fun may be the direction you want to take the activities. If you don't know her personally, then get to know her! Ask her lots of questions as you plan, and include her in your planning of the weekend whenever possible. Tying in the activities with the speakers topic can go along way in providing a long lasting lesson for the ladies you are ministering to.
* A little extra is a good thing. Keeping in mind the "keep it simple" rule, having a few extra touches makes a girl or group of girls feel the event was created just for them. A gift bag with their name on it, a place card at their discussion table, or a table decorated with a great theme will go a long way towards making great memories! While an agenda would be fine to be printed on a piece of white paper, wouldn't it be even more fun to be printed on "blackboard" that sits on your "school desk" at "Holiness School"? Absolutely.
Be sure to follow the link in the sidebar for more ideas on themes, activitites, devotional ideas!
Courtney Kendall Steed
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