Missionary Banquet Ideas

Church Missionary Banquet Tips

Julia Bettencourt

Posted February 4, 2002

Usually during a missionary conference a church ends up at least having one large meal or banquet, either at the beginning or at an ending to their missionary conference.  Here are a few things to help you get organized for this event.

Plan Ahead.

As for any occasion, planning ahead always makes things simpler.  Missionaries are special people.  Treat them special.

Decide on what type of meal will be served.


This option usually depends on the size of your budget.  Smaller churches rarely take this option but if your church is buying the supplies and food, figure out everything in your supply and grocery list.

Sometimes for what you actually end up spending, you could have had it catered and not put all of the manpower (or womanpower) into it.  So check into catering, you may be surprised at what you find.

See Questions to Ask When Considering a Caterer

Food of the Countries

Designate different groups of ladies (or adult Sunday School classes) to bring in food from various countries around the world. You should end up with a great variety!

Crock Pot City!

If this meal is in the middle of a Missionary Conference, sometimes this is a good time to have all your ladies dig out their crock pots.  You can even figure out a menu ahead of time and designate certain foods or have a sign-up list.

Make sure your church provides or that you designate folks to bring in salad, bread, and desserts.  If everything is made-ahead,  it eases the load on all involved.

Make it Special.

Remember this is for your missionaries and that they are special people. Have everything looking nice for them.  Finding items to use for decorating should be fairly easy.  Check with your local import store or see what your church family can come up with.

A great source for free items for missionary conferences is to check with embassies of particular countries.  Sometimes they will mail you literature, maps, and pamphlets on their country.

Appoint Table Hosts.

Make sure that you reserve some table space for your missionaries and their families, but don't seat them all alone or just among themselves.  This should be a time for your church family to get acquainted with them.

Appoint a host family for each missionary.  Make sure you reserve table space for your host and their family, along with your missionaries.  You may want to check with your pastor to see what church family would be the most appropriate to place with each missionary.

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