1. BEGIN WITH PRAYER.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3, NIV). Before you begin preparations for a Stepping Up® video event, commit your plans to the Lord. Unless the Holy Spirit is at work, the hearts of men will not be changed no matter how perfectly the day is planned. Include prayer for the men who will attend.
2. MEET WITH YOUR PASTOR.
If you haven’t already, share with your pastor or another staff member about the Stepping Up video event, and secure his support for your church to host it.
3. CHOOSE A LOCATION.
Will your event be for the men of your church? Or will you invite men from other churches and the community at large? The number of participants will help you determine whether to reserve a church sanctuary or fellowship hall, community center, hotel banquet room, or other large venue. Since content is delivered by DVD, please make sure the location has sufficient video and audio capabilities. Also, choose a location where lunch can be served.
4. SET THE SCHEDULE.
With four video-led sessions, the Stepping Up video event is designed to be flexible to fit several different scheduling options. Decide whether you will host an all-day event or break up the sessions over the weekend. For a one-day event, we suggest you begin no later than 9 a.m. if you want to finish by 5 p.m. Some other options are to have two sessions on Friday and two on Saturday. Or you could hold one session on Friday, two sessions on Saturday, and one on Sunday.
5. ORDER MATERIALS.
Order the Stepping Up video event kit which includes the DVDs and other materials you will need to host the event. Once you know how many men will be attending, order an event manual for each guest.
6. PREVIEW THE KIT AND MANUAL.
While the content for the day will be presented on DVD, you will want to be familiar with it beforehand.
7. DETERMINE IF YOU WILL CHARGE A FEE.
Costs you can expect to incur are event manuals, lunch (for a one-day event), and a facility fee (depending on where you host your event). Decide whether your church or organization will cover these costs or if you will charge attendees a fee.
8. PLAN FOR FOOD.
If you are going with a one-day event, we recommend a noon meal along with morning and afternoon snacks. Even if your event schedule does not overlap a meal time, allow for breaks and provide snacks during those times.
9. PROMOTE THE EVENT.
Promotional materials are available here.
10. PLAN FOR AFTER THE EVENT.
Provide an opportunity for men to dig deeper into the topic of godly, courageous manhood by hosting the Stepping Up small group video series.