Event Management

Although Event Management is not a term found in scripture, the role is clearly defined in the lives of many key Biblical figures.

In the Old Testament we read of Nehemiah and how he managed rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem similarly to how we manage events today.  Firstly he first prayed and received direction from God on what to do and how to carry out the task. He then networked and planned with people in high places to put the vision into place. He spied out the land and put the right people in the right places to achieve the objectives.  He knew it would be challenging so he strategized, encouraged and worked with the people through a difficult process, until they broke through. He stood against the taunts of the enemy and kept his team on track to reach their God-given goal.

Today, event managers must play a similar role to Nehemiah; to listen to the Lord, obey, strategize, resist the enemy, develop their teams, find resources and work to see the breakthroughs needed for God's will to be done. 

Nahum 1:15 (NIV) says “...celebrate your festivals...”. Accordingly, as event managers we are often called upon to develop celebrations, conferences and to provide a platform for artists to evangelize and impact communities. Our role is to serve the Lord and see His purposes accomplished. Events can be as diverse as hosting secular celebrations with Christian content in your local community to managing a missions conference to train and release 1000’s of Christians into the nations. 

Jesus was the ultimate event manager. He demonstrated how to put together events tailored to multiple demographics. He knew how to draw a crowd and the best venue to address an audience. He prioritized time with the Father and attended celebrations, even highlighting the value of hospitality by turning water into wine. Though He faced attacks from His enemies He always looked after His team. He loved, wept and partied. He had a timeline and knew when and what needed to be accomplished. He didn’t tolerate injustice but called for righteousness and He knew that doing the Father’s will was the priority when pushing through to accomplish the goal even though it ultimately cost Him everything.

We need people with a mission’s focus and a love of events to be trained in organizing and managing every component of an event. From marketing and promotion, budget and timeline, programming and backstage management, technical requirements and team management, through to the event debrief and SWOT analysis. Training is imperative to equip us to deal with the challenges that will inevitably come the way of event managers working to extend the Kingdom of God.  We need to be equipped with skills and spiritual understanding to accomplish the task, knowing that there is an enemy trying to undermine all we do for God’s glory. 

Through its capacity to support artists and sports people, Event Management is listed under the Faculty/College of Arts and Sports. We build the platform so they can utilize their skills and fulfill their call to influence our world with Godly values.

Stories are Powerful

I’ve sat through many different missions presentations lately. I should be able to tell you how many people in the world haven’t heard the name of Jesus, what the top missionary sending nations are, and the estimated size of the underground church in China.  But to be honest, these numbers escape me. However, I can remember the stories of a Buddhist monk in Thailand meeting Jesus as the Bible was shared with him, of a migrant’s dream to return to his home nation and start a charity focused on mother and child healthcare, and of a missionary’s miraculous escape from a death sentence in Albania in the 1970‘s.


YWAM Events Global Opportunities

Imagine the ministry of YWAM with no gatherings, no Call to All, no conferences or seminars, no celebrations for the 50th anniversary or otherwise, no Olympic outreaches, not musical, artistic or dance performances, no events at all. The reality is that this is something we cannot imagine! Our coming together for large events have produced some of the greatest blessings from God that YWAM has known. But behind all these events are people who make it happen. People who believe God to bring together the impossible. People with skills to organize events and make it fun and meaningful. This is the heart of the School of Event Management that will be running in Kona beginning Sept 27, 2012.