* Retreat – This is a multi-day event. Get help and assign responsibilities. If you are presenting, you don’t need to be responsible for meals or music, for example. Also remember that you don’t have to pack every minute with something to do as if it were a business meeting. God’s business needs times for personal reflection.
* Quiet Day – This will be a one day event. But what is a day? Determine with your host whether a day means 2, 4, 6, 8 hours or some other amount of time.
* Workshop – This would be less on quiet and reflection and more on having a group or individual activity, and is generally thought of by people as shorter than a quiet day. People who come to a workshop expect to “work.”
* Talk – This is much shorter than a workshop and mostly instructional. It could be Sunday school, at a church women’s group, men’s breakfast, Advent or Lenten supper, for example.
* Consider how your topic might adapt to any of these – When you come up with an idea, think in terms of many formats. Plan to offer it as a retreat, a quiet day, a workshop or a talk, depending on what you are called to do.
* Indoors/outdoors/both – Consider who are likely to come to your event. Some will want to stay indoors the entire time. And, it could rain. You have to have plan B and sometimes C.
* Your own home – While this is normally not recommended for these events, it may be that a group of your own friends would be comfortable exploring a spiritual topic in your home whereas they would not be likely to attend at a church. That’s completely fine!