Ministry conferences can be valuable for professional development, spiritual growth and networking. I've made some great friends as a result of seeing them annually at conferences.
Here are some central questions for you to consider before you attend your next conference:
- Am I an introvert or extrovert? The former will want to schedule in "buffer times" before or after the conference in order to rest. Additionally, a quick break in the middle of the day will be beneficial. For extroverts, go nuts! Meet as many people as you can since this energizes you.
- Are there key people that I want to meet? If so, make a short list and then reach out before the conference. Find out if you can grab coffee or a drink with the person. Is there a workshop you can attend that they are giving?
- Can I include benefactors in my trip? A short trip to see a donor before, during or after a conference is a great way to combine fundraising with professional development.
- How will I follow up the event? I recommend setting some time aside on the day when you return in order to process your notes, send follow-up emails and possibly jot a few thank you notes.
By asking these questions before your next ministry conference, your experience will be more rich, satisfying and blessed.