Retreat or Conference?

Just from the name of this website, you know I love retreats. I would never choose to do away with offering retreats.

We have done annual two-night retreats (that go from Friday evening to Sunday at noon) for over 25 years. As you are no doubt aware, the cost for overnight accommodations and retreat venue are constantly going up. In 2018, for two in a room, the cost was over $175 per person (cheaper if one was willing to share a bed and do four in a room). That cost, and the time away from home kept many of our women from participating in the retreats, even when offered a partial scholarship.

This year, we did a women’s conference at the church with one session on a Friday night, and two sessions on Saturday through late afternoon. We had a guest speaker who did three sessions. But other than her expenses, we kept the conference fairly “bare bones.” If the women wanted lunch, they paid extra. If they wanted snacks, we had snacks available to purchase. All we provided was a program, a dessert bar on Friday night, and coffee/tea and water. So our cost per woman was less than $50.

Pros and Cons? I feel sure that the lesser price made the conference more affordable for women to attend; however, there were still women I had hoped would be able to come that did not come. I do know women who were thankful to sleep in their own bed at night during the conference, and appreciated that there was some weekend left after the conference. But I spoke with others who love truly getting away at a retreat, away from family responsibilities, with time to be active during free times and having more time for fellowship, in addition to the retreat activities.

My Conclusion? I think both options serve a purpose. I was glad we could offer the option of a conference, just to see what the response would be. I don’t like that women are prohibited from anything due to cost.

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Thoughts on Serving

Our pastor brought up a few things in today’s sermon that are worth thinking about as women’s ministry leaders.

First, he said that if you have been a Christian for a while, it is like you are now working for God’s company.  What department do you work in?   That’s easy…we work in the women’s ministry.  But within that ministry, there are a lot of jobs needing to be done.  Have your women found their “niche”?  Even in small churches, where everyone wears a lot of hats, and some must do things they are not particularly gifted at doing–the ministry gets compartmentalized.  Does someone take on the event planning?  The event promotion? Word processing/graphics?  Hospitality?

The second thing, related to the first was our pastor’s ending prayer…that we might serve God as He deserves to be served.  Wow!  He gave the best, and He deserves our best in return.

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Decorating for the Glory of God

In the list of spiritual gifts in the Bible, the “gift” of decorating is not mentioned.  It is, however, a gift the God can use!

Decorating is not my gift–I’ll freely admit that.  While I appreciate decorations and look in awe at those to whom decorating comes naturally, I could be content with a “bare bones” event or retreat. While there is a value to simplicity, who who am I to prevent those who want to serve the Lord with their decorating talents?  Decorations truly can reinforce and enhance your event theme.

Use those women who have that gift! Share your vision with them. You may have to pull on the reins a bit, due to budget concerns or time restraints,  but if they are willing to work within the parameters you set, let them go for it! God gave them that creativity to use for His glory.

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Announcing New Skits!

I’m excited to announce the addition of new, free downloadable skits to the website! We have added (1) one-act skit, (2) serial skits and (2) skit series. These are some of my new favorites, and there are more to come. Have you considered using skits? Try something new! You can do a skit! Check out other blogs on the topic on our website.

“Out with the Old” is a one-act skit about sanctification–putting off the old and putting on the new. Kelly has moved to a new city and a new job. As she unpacks, she realizes that there are things that she needs to get rid of that are no longer of any benefit to her.

“Your Day in Court” is skit series of four short skits examining salvation from a legal setting. Who is our righteous Judge? Who is our accuser (the prosecutor)? What are the charges and evidence against us? Do we deserve the death penalty? How did Jesus secure our pardon and grant us freedom?

“StormProofers, Unlimited” is a skit series consisting of three short skits. Severe weather is predicted, and heavy damage could result. Stormproofers, Unlimited to the rescue! They have the advice and products to help Kelly to have a godly perspective in the midst of the storm, and to avoid permanent damage from the storm.

“The Quest” is a three-act serial skit used at our retreat entitled “Surefooted.” In this skit, three women vie for the title of “Miss Sportz World” by completing a quest. Each woman follows a path set out for her where she will encounter challenges and trials, as well as an enemy. Will they finish strong? Who will win?

“Trusting 101” is a four-act serial skit used at our retreat entitled “In All Your Ways.” In this skit, Sybil attends a continuing education class “Trusting 101.” She is presented with three case studies, and as she considers each one, her Mind, her Will, her Emotions and her Spirit all weigh in as she learns about trusting God in all situations.

Check out these new skits–I pray you can use them!

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Pray BIG!

Sometimes it is just fun and inspiring to read about an event put on by another women’s ministry, and how the theme was carried out.  Our most recent event was our annual spring women’s dessert.

If you google “b g letters of Dallas” you will find images of some large letters “B” and “G” which have sprung up around the Dallas area (BIG “D”) which have become iconic tourist photo opportunities.  Here is how we used that idea for our spring women’s dessert.

Our theme, “pray BIG” was something God laid on my heart at the beginning of the year.  Briefly, the theme was a result of me being convicted by the Lord of praying too small.  If we truly believe that God is who He says He is, our prayers should reflect that.

Pray big decor

Our decorating crew came up with the idea of using the “b” and “g’ letter to convey the idea of “BIG.”  Balloons and napkins were imprinted with the “Pray BIG” theme.

The theme was “Pray BIG!” and the theme verse was Matthew 19:26b “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Our delicious and easy dessert was Nothing Bundt cakes (see this post for why we like them).  We had a guest speaker, and we had a skit “Goldilocks and the Three Prayers” available as a free download on this site.

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