In the month of October, I had the opportunity to be involved in two Awana Ministry Conferences in Pennsylvania. One had about 35 attendees, the other had about 140. I was privileged to lead three workshops at each conference. After each conference and workshop, I wonder how much impact the workshops had on the attendees and if I was effective as a workshop leader.
If you’re familiar with Awana conferences, then you know that they have evaluations for the attendees to complete. I had the opportunity after each of the conferences to review the evaluations that were returned. Some evaluations were very positive, and some offered constructive criticism or that things had not met their expectation.
Leading several workshops, I know that there really need to be two sets of workshops: one with basic information and one for those with a little more experience. Some topics are difficult to cover in 40 – 50 minutes, yet people can be inspired and encouraged to do more to enhance their ministry.
I always enjoy conferences, seeing people from other churches reaching children and youth in the same way. The networking opportunities are endless if you desire to connect with others.
We already have ideas to make next year’s conference even more impactful.
So what are your memories from conference this year, and what would you like to see next year. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please share them below.