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breakfast sample agenda or outline?
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There are a million ways to plan a prayer breakfast. It can be formal, informal, casual or a morning picnic. Regardless of your format, several elements of the prayer breakfast are worth considering. This sample prayer breakfast sample agenda will give you ideas and inspire your creativity. I hope it blesses you.
I. Food Preparation (2.5 – 3 hours)
If you’re ordering food from an outside vendor, then you only need a fraction of this
time to set up the food tables and make them pretty. Be sure to keep your overall event theme in mind as you decorate the food and beverage tables! Try to bring decorative elements from the centerpieces to this table too. You want your theme consistent throughout every single part of the event. Dispatch 2 people to set up and oversee the food table.
II. Pre-event Set-up/Decorations
(I like to allow at least 3 hours for this task)
Decorations can be tricky. But, if you’ve planned your event well, today is simply about
executing the vision. That’s much easier than trying to figure out what to do
on the day of the event. This is the main reason pre-event walk-thrus are so important. Divide the areas of the room into tasks (i.e. tables, registration table, walls, stage, etc.). Place two people on each task, if possible. If not, make sure you pad more time into the process. It’s very helpful to gain access to the venue the night before your women’s prayer breakfast or women’s event. If you can get in there, set up as much of the decor as possible the night before.
III. Welcome (3-5 minutes)
Now, it’s time for the fun. Your event has started! Yaay! Don’t neglect to have some sort of
formal welcome people. It helps them mentally transition into the
event milieu. Did you know when people enter a new place their brains are
typically in the “fight or flight” mode? This is a low-dose stress process
that begins in the brain. Long story short, your welcome can alleviate the stress
some people feel entering a room full of folks. Learn more here.
IV. Prayer (2 minutes)
How can you really place a time limit on prayer? Easily! Prayer at your event is imperative, but it shouldn’t be equivalent to one’s own personal prayer time during your event. Hopefully, you and your team prayed before the event started. Likewise, people have spoken to the Lord before they arrived – if not, the speaker will encourage them to build prayer into their Christian walk, right? Anyway, use this particular prayer time to ask God’s covering, blessing and anointing on the women’s prayer breakfast. Save praying for the hungry children of the world for your personal prayer time.
V. Food (15 minutes and then keep it moving)
I like allowing maybe 15 minutes for people to get their food, sit down…exhale …and begin eating. People eat at different paces. So, it could be a waste of time to designate an entire 60 minutes of “dead time” for only eating. Folks can eat and do something else. Maybe you can have icebreakers at the table. This is totally up to you. You’ll know the best mode of service (buffet, self-service, etc.) and time allotted for dining. To speed things up, have someone call tables to get their plates; this will avoid long lines. Some lines are OK because it gives people a chance to chat during the women’s prayer breakfast, but excessively long lines are just visually unappealing. No, they are frustrating. So, consider having 15 minutes for folks to matriculate from food table and then move on to the praise and worship portion, if appropriate. Again, you know your event, so follow your gut.
VI. Praise and Worship Moment (5-7 minutes)
You can choose to have a person/people lead corporate praise and worship (this is my favorite). Or you may opt to have someone minister in song. You could also have a praise dance presentation. The purpose is to lift hearts from earth toward heaven. I LOVE praise and worship of any kind, don’t you?
VII. Speaker (30-45 minutes)
In a perfect world, people should be done eating (for the most part) by the time the speaker begins. I think it’s okay to be finishing their last bites, but you don’t want them doing much clanking of silverware and stirring of coffee while the speaker is trying to impart.
VIII. Thank yous, door prize(s) and acknowledgements (5-10 minutes)
It’s good to acknowledge the people who made the event possible. Doing it toward the end is valuable, in my opinion, because people have seen their faces and pointing them out is a bit more meaningful to the participants and the team. Door prizes at the end are also a slight motivation for people to stick around and it ends the event on a very high note. What do you think? Along the same lines, if you have any special guests, point them out to the group (guest from other churches, first ladies, minister’s wives, etc.). It’s not a bad idea to alert them your acknowledgement will come after the speaker.
IX. Clean-up (2 hours)
Ideally, your team has been cleaning up during the event. If not, you may need the full two hours to clear the tables, grab table cloths, pack items into boxes, load cars, wipe tables, sweep floors, etc.
What’s missing from this prayer breakfast sample agenda? What other ideas do you have?
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