The Church Event Planning Toolkit by Deborah Ike

The Church Event Planning Toolkit by Deborah Ike

April 24, 2017 by
The Church Event Planning Toolkit by Deborah Ike

Just about every church holds events outside of their weekly worship services. No matter if it’s a small student ministry carwash or a fall festival with thousands in attendance, everyone can benefit from having a better planning process for events.

In her new book, The Church Event Planning Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Successful, Not Stressful, Church Events, Deborah Ike lays out a complete standardized process for planning church events. She sums up the inspiration for the book by saying, “Events don’t have to be stressful. They can be energizing, inspiring, and fun moments for staff, volunteers, and attendees alike.”

Events don’t have to be stressful. They can be energizing, inspiring, and fun moments for everyone involved.

Deborah is a certified project management professional with many years of ministry experience. She has assembled a well-thought-out, structured approach to church event planning that includes these seven sections:

  1. Clarify the Vision
  2. Develop the Plan
  3. Assemble the Team
  4. Execute the Plan
  5. Monitor & Report Progress
  6. Facilitate Event Day
  7. Lead Post-Event Activities

Each section is full of helpful information and questions to ask during the planning process. She even touches on the how to navigate the relational side of event planning. Anyone charged with planning an event of any size at their church could benefit from this book. It would also be helpful for pastors or leaders who want to improve the way events are carried out.

In addition, Deborah includes a checklist and some downloadable resources, making this a complete toolkit. She says, “When you have a structured approach to planning and managing events, you will save time, money, and stress for everyone involved.”

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Sheri Felipe is a freelance graphic designer and writer, with a passion for branding and communications in the church. She currently lives with her husband in West Palm Beach, Fl.
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