(in)RL 2014: Host A Meetup

(in)RL Meetups: Where small is the new big.

Hosting an (in)RL Meetup.

This is the fun part – connecting with other sisters in Christ right where you are; creating your own (in)courage beach house venue and inviting folks to come and connect (in)RL. Grab a friend or two to help you host and get creative - have you seen all the ideas from last year’s hosts!

How to start a Meetup:

Click here to start an (in)RL community right in your neighborhood - it’s easy peasy. Once you are on the Meetup Map, just follow these steps to become a Host of a Meetup:

  1. Click on “Start a new Community”
  2. Give your Meetup a Name (preferably the City & State where your Meetup will be held)
  3. Create a Meetup Account
  4. Now just choose a time for your meetup, add a location, or just add “TBD.” You must make an edit to either the time, location or add details to your meetup to become a meetup planner and be designated as a host.
  5. Once you’ve done this, a star should appear on your picture under “Members.”
  6. To add a picture, just hover over “Account” in the top right corner and then click “General.” You’ll then see an option to change/add your photo.

Then invite your friends, your colleagues, your neighbors to join you. Whether there are two of you or twenty, it will be the perfect size.

Note: meetup.com will recognize your current location automatically. If this is not the area in which you’d like to host your meetup, please click here for instructions on how to change your location.

What time should my meetup be:

Anytime that works for you on Saturday, works for us. What with time differences and countries from all over the world joining us (in)RL – please schedule your meetup for a time of your choice. We’ll be sure to make the webcast content available for you to tune into whenever your group meets up.

Who should I invite to my meetup:

Whether they read (in)courage or not, whether they blog or not, whether they believe like you do or not - feel free to invite everyone and anyone to connect (in)RL. Jesus is at the center of everything we do. To read more about our heart, click here.

What will we be doing at the meetup:

Well, we certainly hope it involves eating chocolate at some point! This is a time to connect, to share our stories about community, to be encouraged, and to tune into the videos of your choice from the Saturday Webcast line up. You can get a sneak peek of them over here. And for a glimpse into what hosts last year did at their meetups, check out the nearly 70 or so recaps linked up at the bottom of this post over here.

Got any tips or resources for my meetup:

So glad you asked! We will be providing all kinds of great resources to make your meetup a hit – starting with the free downloadables over there in the side bar. There are helpful tips, ice breakers, technical checklists for connecting to the webcast and pretty printables for decorating will be coming soon!

And coming closer to Meetup day, we will be offering HOST SPECIALS, which will give crazy discounted prices on tons of fun goodies! If you are a host, you will be getting an email giving you hidden access to see these items and purchase them at a deep discount through dayspring.com.

For even more inspiration, don’t forget to check out the amazing ideas that last year’s hosts used – over here.

I’ve still got some questions:

Well, let’s all try and answer them together. They may already be answered on the FAQ page, but if not, feel free to drop us an email and we can chat and learn together. Thrilled to have you!