A guide to running an event
Matthew 9:37 - "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.'"
John 10:10 - "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
John 16:8 - "And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement."
2. List the people you know
It’s worth listing all your colleagues, friends and work contacts before you start to plan your event, because this will help you identify the opportunities you have, and the people you can serve. Perhaps think about who you see every day, those you see a few times a week, and those you have occasional contact with. Resist the temptation to prejudge who might be interested, and list everyone!
3. Who should your event serve?
Having made a list of everyone you could invite, it’s then important to decide who your event is going to serve. Could you invite a selection of colleagues/contacts, your whole team, your floor, or perhaps the whole company? What sort of setting would make people feel most comfortable, for example, might they prefer a smaller event where they already know everyone else who’s going to be there?
4. Browse resources
https://www.gospelatwork.org.uk/ has lots of resources available, such as this guide to help your run your event, find a speaker, and get support you might need. When deciding what sort of event to run, it’s worth considering what sort of event would most clearly proclaim the gospel, and what would most benefit your guests.
5. Partner with other Christians
We don’t need to do this alone; it can be a great opportunity to encourage other Christians to grow in the joy of service colleagues and work contacts. Ask your church to pray for the event before, during, and afterwards. If you do have other Christians in the office pray for each other, and if it's helpful, organise the event together?
We'd also love to hear what your planning so we can be praying (email email@example.com), and check out the list of other events (link to follow) so that you can partner in praying for other Christians across the city.
6. Decide on a date
Breakfast, Lunchtime, and evening events can all work well, or even a weekend if that suits your guests best.
7. Choose the content
Choose what content will be most helpful to your guests can help make sure they have a good time. The Gospel At Work website offers a list of resources, such as pre-recorded talks, a list of speakers who would be willing to speak at your event. But you could also give a talk or testimony yourself (see talk writing tips document to come) or any number of other options to suit your guests.
It can be helpful if not all your guests know one another, or they don’t know the speaker, to have some other context to help break the ice, such as a quiz or some games.
Top tip: send the invites early. And if you do hear back from one or two individuals, that can help create a bit of buzz and persuade others to join too.
9. Plan your next steps
Hopefully this event is part of your ongoing service of your work contacts. There are plenty of options for continuing the conversation, such as Christianity Explored, lunchtime talks, catching up one to one, etc.
10. Host the event and enjoy it!
If you're working with other Christians it can help to split up the tasks. Make sure someone is responsible for hosting and fun, for introducing the speaker and chairing the Q&A, and for sharing the PowerPoint. This will help avoid us monopolising the conversation, and allowing our guests to ask their questions and think things through.
11. Report back
We would love to hear how your event went, as would those who were praying for it! Please let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Continue the Conversation
The seed has been sown and people have heard the gospel, but hopefully this is just the beginning. Continuing the conversation can happen in a number of ways, but messaging all your guests to thank them for coming can be a start.
Also try to catch up with everyone individually, and keep praying for them, and for those unable to make it.