The options are staggering. It seems that almost 12 months out of the year a good leader can be attending some sort of conference. There are gatherings offered specific to special needs, kid’s ministry, equipment, general leadership, writing, fundraising and the list goes on. Besides flying in to a location, there are the variety of “virtual” conferences as well. It’s enough to tie the brain in quadruple knots, deciding which sessions to attend.
So, how is a leader to carefully consider whether or not to attend a conference? Boundaries have to be drawn around how time is expended or a leader can end up doing little else than hopping from seminar to forum to summit. Here are a few thoughts on how to filter such decisions:
- Is it in the budget? It makes little sense to break the bank in attempt to get to the next gathering.
- What are the goals of attending each specific conference? If there isn’t a goal, it may not make sense to attend.
- How does this conference fit into the overall picture of what the ministry is trying to accomplish?
- Are there particular presenters or topics that would be especially helpful to the organization?
- Who might it be valuable to connect with through conference attendance?
- Is God calling YOU to host a conference? What is leading you to that conclusion?
Aside from these considerations, do you have a favorite conference that is a must-attend every year? If so, why? Feel free to share with us how you decide which gatherings you will or will not attend.