As I write this article it is late July. Last Sunday we held a Board Meeting at my church and we were reminded of a simple fact. Summer is here, but Fall and Winter are fast approaching! Some of the events we are interested in hosting over the coming six months are going to require a bit of preparation time. We usually have a Thanksgiving Dinner in November, we want to have a ‘Trunk or Treat’ for Halloween, we were thinking of a special program for Christmas. Even close, we have the beginning of school. Some events, like a musical program for Christmas, require four to six weeks of practice, and materials need to be acquired even further ahead. So…July is the perfect time to start planning ahead!
At a minimum we need to do the following:
- Determine dates for special events
- Determine precursors (things that need to be done beforehand)
- Deadlines for material orders.
- People needs…how many people are needed to do this?
- Recruiting deadlines.
- Prayer team involvement.
- Advertising deadlines.
There are many other possible tasks, but these will get you started. Above all, don’t let the summer slip by without at least taking a look at your fall and winter schedules. We can all use a little less stress in our lives and scrambling at the last minute will not be good for the blood pressure!