The next in the series of blog posts about Leadership Retreat: Invest In It.
To steal the theme from this year's Leadership Retreat, we go All In. We invest in Leadership Retreat in a big way and we spare no expense. Good stewardship means you don't spend needlessly. But that's only half the equation. Good stewardship also means you spend extravagantly where it is appropriate.
In very practical terms, Leadership Retreat is the largest line item in my annual budget. For 22 hours. For the leaders. It's good stewardship for all the reasons I mentioned in a previous post
That budget goes to room and board for participants. We pay for the whole thing because we want them to be there and want them to come for free. It goes for lights and staging and media equipment because we believe in creating the right environment. It goes for Chickfila lunch because making them eat camp food is not doing it right or doing it big. It goes for items that will honor and resource our leaders. It pays for childcare workers so parents can bring their kids but be focused on their sessions at the same time.
Whatever training avenues you are creating for your leaders, make sure to invest in it appropriately. I would suggest that means investing in it extravagantly.