Event Planning

Working with church support staff and women’s (or men’s) organizations passions in ministry. Recently, one of the participants shared this message after an event:

Dear Linda,

 Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation yesterday. You brought up so many good points and I was amazed by how many of them I could relate to.  I’m looking forward to reading The Donut Theory.  Thank you again. —  Susan

 Current Theme Offerings

Finding Mary in a Martha World
Finding Purpose and Balance
(Church Support Staff/Women’s Organizations – one hour or four-hour presentation)

Unlocking the Servant  Heart for MinistryLooking at the relationship between the body/mind/soul
(Church Support Staff/Women or Stephen Ministry Organizations one hour or four-hour presentation)

     Who Takes Care of You?          You take care of everyone else. How you can take care of yourself.
(Church Support Staff/Stephen Ministry Organizations – one hour or four-hour presentation)

Discovering God’s Gift of CreativityA take-off of the Gifts of the Spirit, in relationship with what God has given you and ministry
(Women’s organizations – one hour or four-hour presentation)

Stop, Adjust, and Move On in Your Faith Journey
Looking at how to get to a more fulfilling faith and spiritual life
(Women’s organizations – four-hour presentation)

Friends — Weave Us TogetherWainwright_029 What does it take to make and keep a friend?
Discovery through biblical and current experiences in our life
(Women’s organizations — one hour or four-hour presentation)

Pastor’s Wives “Sabbatical”
A weekend away from the church, the congregation, and THE PASTOR!
(Three sessions — each 1 to 1 1/2 hours each.)

For an additional fee, Linda will develop her presentation to fit your
event theme.


Sample Agenda for One-Day Event

8:30 a.m.      Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.      Welcome and Getting Acquainted
9:30 a.m.       Session I: Theme development

10:30 a.m.    Break

11:00 a.m.     Session II: Transition into learning and growing

12:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Session III: Exploring what we have learned

2:30 p.m.       Break and Dessert

3:00 p.m.       Session IV: Wrapping up 

3:30 p.m.       Return home

Presenter Fees: $25 per participant which includes a free “Incident” book.

Sample Agenda for Weekend, Two-Night Retreat

First Evening:
5:00 p.m.    Check in and relaxing time
6:00 p.m.    Dinner
7:00 p.m.    Retreat begins with mixer
7:30 p.m.    Session I: Theme Development
9:00 p.m.    Social time

Next morning:
9:15 a.m.      Gathering and Worship
9:30 a.m.      Session II
10:30 a.m.    Break
11:00 a.m.    Exercises on Theme/Craft
11:30 a.m.    Free-time and lunch
1:00 p.m.     Session III
3:00 p.m.    Free-time or meet with presenter
6:00 p.m.      Dinner
7:00 p.m.    Session IV Wrap up of all Sessions
8:30 p.m.       Social time

Final Morning
8:00 a.m.      Breakfast
9:00 a.m.      Wrap-up and Worship
10:00 a.m.   Departure

$15.00 per participant ($350 minimum), plus travel and other applicable expenses for retreat lodging, meals, and other fees.

One-hour presentation:$100.00 plus travel expense ($.50 per mile) if outside the Northwestern area of Phoenix. Special travel expense exclusions available upon request for rates.

To contact Linda:
Email: lindagillis@yahoo.com

References gladly provided from past retreat committee members.


4 Responses to Event Planning

  1. Carol Grosz says:

    Hi Linda: I was trained by Wycliffe Int’l to lead days of prayer and reflection and have been blessed to share retreats with ladies for over 15 years. I’m looking for a set of materials to purchase that I can use for a retreat at my small church. Are yours available or can you refer me to a good place? I am intrigued by Servant Heart and Who Takes Care of You. Thanks for any help you can share! It’s all about Him, Carol

    • lindagillis says:

      I would be most happy to share any of my programs with you. I will send you a rough draft of the programs and if you actually use one, you can send me $50 for the manuscript.

      • SHEILA HOWARD says:

        Good morning, Linda,

        My husband and I are the primary caretakers of my 41 year old amazing brother Brian, who was born with Down Syndrome/Autism. We became Brian’s primary caretaker almost ten years ago, once my parents who are now both asleep, were no longer physically stronger enough to proper supervise his care. I would love to learn more about the “Who Takes Care of You” program, and how I can host an event for other caretakers in my community. Can you send me more information? Thank you, Linda.

        • lindagillis says:

          Thank you for writing. God bless you as you are the caretakers of a fortunate brother. My talk is slanted toward those who work in the church office, but there are good points for anyone who has responsibility. I have a one-hour video on a talk I did for Stephen Ministers on the subject. I would be happy to share it with you.

          Where do you live? I am in NJ right now, and will be back here for the winter months. Otherwise, I’m in Arizona, Iowa, or New York state. Would be happy to work with you on a program.

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