How to Participate Fully in Your Next Ministry Conference

Whether you attend the SEEK Conference, the LA Religious Education Congress or the Mid-Atlantic Congress, having a plan will be important in order to get the most out of your experience.  

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.