Research from United Methodist Communications discovered churches that provide community service opportunities are viewed much more favorably because of their active, "outside the church" approach. Consider these five tips for planning a successful service event.
Recruit an event planning team. Identify your goal, such as raising money for a cause like Imagine No Malaria, providing food to impact hunger or cleaning up the community. Meet your community's unique needs. Check out past events and brainstorm at
2. Assist volunteers
Keep in mind your volunteers' needs. Create opportunities for different ages and abilities. Consider providing t-shirts. Also, think about lunch, childcare and parking to ensure the event runs smoothly for everyone involved.
Identify expenses, such as purchasing food for volunteers or ordering any equipment you might need to get the job done. Use a budgeting tool, like the free template in Office or an Excel spreadsheet to track estimated and actual expenses.
Establish partnerships with other organizations and area United Methodist churches. This can help you make a larger impact and accomplish more at a lower cost to all.
Download our free event planner's handbook, complete with timeline checklists at