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Organising a special weekend

First published on this website in February 2013 and last updated in March 2023

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Categories: Planning


The organisation of a successful church weekend (away or at home) is a complex task. Here is detailed advice on how to do it well, written for those responsible and for all church leaders.

Ten aspects, divided into four broad areas, are covered:

The foundations
1   purpose and theme
2   options to consider

The people
3   Organising Team
4   self-catering
5   speakers and leaders

The preparation
6   publicity
7   financial arrangements

The weekend
8   programme
9   young people
10  follow-up

The article has drawn on the experience of practitioners and provides a range of options with comment at each point in the process. It can be applied not only to a residential weekend away but to other special weekends, events for smaller groups and church holidays too.

A detailed checklist of actions to take at each stage, items to include in mailings and advice on working with the conference centre are all provided in a supplement linked from the article or from here.


Here is the link to this item: PDF A30 - Take your church away.pdf

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Author's notes

This Article was updated in March 2023 with some amendments to the text.