Setting a Date
When picking a date to host a JOG, we have found a few things to be helpful for attendees.
Choosing a location
The venue will need to provide for dining, sleeping, personal care and group conversation of 12-20 people. Typically, large residences or resort settings work most effectively in providing suitable logistics. A meeting space that feels like a living room (as opposed to a meeting room) is ideal. Due to the use of video, it is also necessary to have access to a large TV with a DVD player or input for an iPad or if there is a white wall or projector screen, Generous Giving can bring a projector on request. It's nice to be 30-90 minutes away from where most people live to create more of a "getaway" feeling.
Generous Giving provides both mail and (more often) email invitations for you to use when inviting your guests. In order to utilize these resources, please contact Lindsey Clark at email@example.com or call 321.328.1463. Click here to view a sample invitation.
Food and beverage
We ask that the JOG host provide (or coordinate) meals, refreshments and beverages for the attendees during the event. Meals include dinner the first night and breakfast the next morning. Some hosts provide an optional lunch the second day.
Identifying potential guests
When considering who to invite to your JOG, focus on those whom you know to have a heart for biblical generosity and who are "entrusted with much." This event will be less meaningful for those struggling with personal debt or living paycheck to paycheck, as it is designed for those with "extra". Consider also whether you would like to host a gender specific event or a mixed company JOG.
Number of attendees
We have found that groups of 12-20 are ideal for the JOG environment, as this size group creates the best conversation dynamic. It is often helpful to recruit an influential friend who can help invite participants.
Generous Giving will send course books (one per person) for the event which contain materials used during the JOG. There will also be a number of stories delivered via video, which the facilitator will coordinate at the event.
A Generous Giving team member or trained and certified volunteer will be present for the JOG in order to facilitate conversation and guide the structure of the event. This individual will be placed according to the JOG schedule and geography of the event.