The Importance of Face-To-Face Events

In today's world the ability to "connect" virtually are everywhere. From tweets, to posts, to emails, to FB Lives, to webinars - your ministry can look a lot of different ways and reach people across the globe. And while all those ways are incredibly valuable (and we will teach on them soon!) they miss a few key pieces. Key pieces that take on a unique power when you are in person, connecting face-to-face. 

So while it may cost money to attend an event or even host an event, you’re sure to receive so much value.

Consider the following:

  • You're guaranteed to learn more. When you're in a different space with new people, you are much more present to what's happening. You're less likely to get distracted because you made a choice to show up and participate. Your time in workshops and conversations, and even with your own thoughts, gets your wheels spinning and creativity flowing. 
  • You develop new relationships and deepen established ones. Online connections and communities have their place. But when you can connect in person, you can read emotions, cues, and tone from the heart instead of the screen. The relationships are personal and impactful, which leads to more opportunities to brainstorm, debate, and empathize.
  • You can impact people for longer. When you connect with someone in person, they remember your points and ideas in a real way. Your idea isn't something they scrolled past on their lunch break - they have a face, name, and feeling to attach to the experience. (And the cool thing is that this works vise-versa too!)
  • You can network with all levels of experience. Workshops, conferences, and trainings offer a unique opportunity to engage with both thought leaders and up and comers. And when you are talking to people at all levels you can learn and teach, be inspired and guide, empathize and encourage. 

So as a leader, what events are you anticipating hosting or attending this year? Leave a comment below and let us know!

And if you are in need of an event to attend, consider attending our conference: 

Develop your skills and rituals of resistance to lead progressive faith communities. Keynote speaker Bree Newsome will share resilience in social justice ministry. Join us for workshops on multi-site ministry, courageous conversations about race, leadership team development and much more!


Time: Friday, March 24 6pm-8:45 pm and Saturday, March 25 9:00 am-3 pm

Location: The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta GA 30329

Grab your tickets here: