I. Opening Introduction
II. Prayer (corporate)
III. Praise and Worship (don't rush this portion)
V. Food and table-networking (low risk icebreakers and activities; then progress to higher risk, if you like.
VII. Call to Action: What will ladies do with information received from speaker?
VIII. Prayer Time (individual) to ponder, pray and reflect on call to action
IX. Evaluation of the breakfast (simple one answer assessment to get feedback on your effectiveness)
X. Give-a-ways (ugh...if you must)
XI. Ending Prayer
In my personal opinion, so many Christian women's events have become "clownish" and "busy". The program agenda should guide and direct toward the desired objective - prayer, networking, whatever.
Define the objectives of the breakfast before creating the agenda.
If networking is the goal, then plan lots of intentional activities to get people talking. When planning, remember the varied ages, mobility and spiritual maturity levels of the women attending.
Most importantly, leverage the process (leads to the objectives) with relationships (must be relationship-building to possibly build accountablility) and achieve the desired results (objectives).
Think of going deeper rather than wider.
In other words, instead of cramming a ton of activities into the prayer breakfast, decide on a few very targeted activities. Less can be more.
This research is adapted from the Facilitative Leadership curriculum. I'm a certified trainer professionally. I strongly believe that many systems used in business can [and should] be applied to church functions. Hey, they did the research, why shouldn't we use it for God's kingdom?
What other tips do you have for churches planning women prayer breakfasts?