Summit 2017 was an incredible experience for me. Not only did I have the opportunity to share ideas for reaching the next generation, but I was overwhelmed by the knowledge I gained from leaders like John Maxwell, Bob Goff, Blue Van Dyke, Rick Holliday, 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 member from a church in Las Vegas, NV. His senior pastor had brought his entire pastoral team, including the youngest leaders. Seeing his commitment to investing in his team was inspiring, and I learned quite a bit during our conversation.
After Summit, I stayed in contact with a few of them. They expressed their experience was greatly enriched by attending together as a team. Each staff member eagerly shared their biggest takeaways with one another n the weeks following Summit.
Normally, leaders attend conferences alone or in small groups. 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 for every additional attendee.
So why is an event like Summit more rewarding for teams than individuals? 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. It creates an opportunity for everyone to learn how to do their jobs in their ministry better than ever.
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 while they’re still fresh.
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 when they reconvene later.
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 insight not normally available to them, and it sets them on a path to becoming incredible leaders.