Summit 2017 was an incredible experience for me. I had the unique opportunity to share ideas for reaching the next generation, and I was overwhelmed by the knowledge I gained from leaders like John Maxwell, Bob Goff, Blue Van Dyke, Rick Holiday, and countless others.
Events like this bring a ton of value from the stage, but there’s also equal value from meeting those in attendance.
Meeting people during a meal or after a session was certainly a highlight of the event. During one of these “hallway meetings,” I had the chance to meet a staff from a church in Las Vegas, NV.
The senior pastor decided to bring his entire pastoral team, including his youngest leaders. Seeing his commitment to investing in his team was inspiring, and I learned quite a bit during our conversation.
After Summit ended, I stayed in contact with a few of their team members. They shared the excitement experienced by the team both during and after the event. Each staff member eagerly shared their biggest takeaways on the drive home and in the weeks following Summit. The practical ideas around leadership, technology, and communications made a massive impact on the leadership of each person on their staff.
Normally, leaders attend conferences alone or in a small group. Some events work better this way because they focus on a particular need experienced by people in a certain role.
Some events, however, work better if a leader’s entire team attends. The ROI for the event is exponentially greater when more people attend.
So why does an event like Summit work better by bringing a large team? Here are four things we can learn from the church in Nevada:
1. They brought a diverse team
Most leaders only bring a small group to an event like Summit. But leaders who make the investment to bring their entire team communicate value to every team member, and it creates an opportunity for everyone to learn how to lead well in their ministry.
2. They used their time to debrief and digest
The Summit schedule is designed in a way that allows a team to share what they’re learning during the event. And travelling home once the event ends creates a dedicated time for a team to share new ideas and strategies based on what they heard during the sessions.
3. They got all of the sessions
Each breakout session slot has three options available: Leadership, technology, and communications. By bringing a large team, a staff can have someone in every room. This allows the group to soak up everything presented at Summit.
4. They brought seasoned leaders and rising leaders
Many leadership events seem focused only on seasoned leaders. We bring in executive pastors from some of the largest churches in America to share what works. This fountain of knowledge is a great opportunity to invest in rising leaders. They get a unique opportunity to gain wisdom not normally available to them, and it sets them on a path towards incredible ministry leadership.
More to Gain Than You Think
Investing in time and travel is not an easy decision, but the potential return is far greater than expected. By setting aside time to learn from world-class thinkers and leading practitioners, teams get the chance to accelerate their development and align their leadership for the new year.