Two days ago, Off the Agenda posted a blog titled, “4 Reasons to Not Cut Conferences.” I’m not a big fan of conferences for several reasons. So I write this blog not as a rebuttal to Off the Agenda or in disrespect, but more so to give a different perspective.
1) They’re All Over-Priced
2) They’ve Said it Before
3) Free Online Resources
4) $200 Can Get a Lot of Resources
$200 is a randomly selected number. If the conference is in town, $200 is probably a good average for how much it will cost for an individual. However, if you’re looking at a conference out of town with a full staff, you’re talking about spending well over $1,000.
Think about it: With the money you’re going to spend on attending a conference…
- How many books could you buy?
- How many conference CDs and DVDs could you buy?
- How many college/seminary credits can you obtain? – In district community college can be dirt cheap while some out of state conferences can cost you $1,000s after air fair, hotel, and food costs.
- Could you hire a consultant?
- Could you visit a church? – Elevation Church offers a free service, called Elevation: Backstage, where they walk you through the setup, service, and tear down on an average Sunday. I know North Pointe has something similar. I guarantee you that you will gain more from a visit and conversation than you’ll learn from a one hour lecture.