Host a lecture

Hosting a lecture is a wonderful, healing experience for everyone involved. Here's a checklist of ideas and to do items your branch might consider using as you prepare general audience lectures. Links to all the related support materials are included in the checklist.  If you need more help or have any questions, don't hesitate to be in touch with support staff in the Board of Lectureship office.

 

 

 

 

Prayerful preparation before the lecture

  • Review the Church Manual By-Laws about lectures (pages 93–96).
  • Review frequently asked questions about lectures.
  • Develop a plan to include the whole church membership in metaphysical support of your Manual-based lecture activity.  And consider keeping that support going all year long!
  • Work together as a church to know that your community is receptive to the Christ, Truth, and that a Christian Science lecture will bring healing to any problem faced by your community.
  • Plan a metaphysical prep meeting for your members. You may wish to invite the lecturer to participate in your meeting and they might join either in person or by speaker phone.
  • Expect healing!
  • Plan a fruitage sharing meeting with the membership for after the lecture.

Logistical preparation

  • Choose an audience for your lecture (classroom, prison, general audience, etc. - see a list of potential audience types).
  • Consult the lecturers’ biographical information and lecture titles and prayerfully select a lecturer to contact. You can view a calendar of scheduled lectures for each lecturer on their bio page.  Call or email your first choice only. If he/she isn’t available, then contact another one rather than contacting more than one at a time.
  • Discuss with the lecturer your goal, possible type of event(s) and location(s), date(s), lecture fee, expenses, etc., and keep in touch with your lecturer about any new developments, concerns, or needs that arise throughout the planning process.  Arrange for lecturer’s needs: e.g., table/podium for books, glass for water, flip chart, etc
  • Secure a location for your event, or multiple events if you plan to give more than one lecture. Check out the facility and parking—is it open to the public on the day of your event?
  • Rent and test wireless lavaliere microphone before the day of the lecture.  Buy extra microphone batteries.      
  • If you have a CSO (Christian Science Organization) at a local college or university in your area, let them know about your lecture. CSO members may be able to promote your lecture on campus or schedule their own lecture when the lecturer is in town.
  • Determine whether to charge an admission fee.
  • Decide whether you would like to record or broadcast the lecture in some way.  (Tips for filming lectures are available here).  Some branches post their lecture video on their church website, submit it for posting on ChristianScience.com, or arrange for it to be aired on local TV.
  • Assign roles for day of lecture (depending on nature of event):
    • Someone to open, set-up, and close the facility
    • Transportation for lecturer
    • Ushers and parking attendants
    • Child care?
    • Literature table?
    • Introducer?
    • Someone to bring signed checks to pay lecturer (one check for fees; one check for travel expenses)
     

Lecture application form

  • Submit one lecture application form for each lecture.  Once the lecture application form has been accepted on the Board of Lectureship database, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the lecturer and to the e-mail addresses provided on your form.

Use the online lecture application form

Lecture supplies

  • Determine whether you want to give away and/or sell copies of the Bible, Science and Health, and/or other writings or biographies of Mary Baker Eddy.
  • Determine if you would like to give away copies and/or subscriptions to the periodicals.
  • If you would like to copy a specific article from one of the periodicals, check the issue your article is in to find out whether those pages may be reprinted. Each periodical has a page that details reprint information (usually page 28 of the Sentinel and page 2 or 3 of the Journal). Usually up to 100 reprints of any article are allowed without permission. All credits must be preserved. If you want to make more than 100 copies or want more information, please email copyright@csps.com.
  • Determine if you would like to distribute handouts about local resources: information about your church, Reading Room, and future lectures.
  • Determine if you would like promotional materials for resources provided by The Mother Church: Your Daily Lift, ChristianScience.com, JSH-Online, etc.  Some downloadable supplies are available here.
  • Determine whether you would like to gather contact information from interested attendees, and create a sign-up list.

Publicity and advertising

  • Determine how to handle publicity and advertising and implement your plan.
  • If you would like assistance please contact our Lecture/Publicity Consultant at lecture@christianscience.com or 1-617-450-3669.  If you are in the United Kingdom or Germany, a media consultant is available to assist you with radio and print media.   IF YOUR BRANCH IS IN THE UK, PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ADVERTISING REGULATIONS.
  • Check to see if your lecturer has a publicity kit for your lecture topic on their Internet biography. Be sure to get the lecturer’s approval for wording on any new fliers, invitations, press releases, media advisories, or public advertising you create for the lecture.
  • Check with the newspaper to see if it would be interested in a post-event press release including details of the lecture.
  • If you would like to use an image of Science and Health on your lecture materials, please contact the Lecture/Publicity Consultant at lecture@christianscience.com or 1-617-450-3669. We can provide crisp, clear electronic images of a number of editions of Science and Health. Permission to use this image is required through the Board of Lectureship.

Logistics on the day of the lecture 

  • Check out the facility and parking—is it still open?  Well marked? Do people know how to get from the parking area to your lecture?
  • Set up the room and supplies in an informal, welcoming way.
  • Test wireless lavaliere microphone well in advance of the lecture. Have extra batteries on hand.
  • Arrange for lecturer’s needs: e.g., table/podium for books, glass for water, flip chart, etc.
  • Usher people into the lecture in a way that welcomes newcomers and doesn't look like a club for members only.

After the lecture

  • Expect the healing to continue.
  • Consider following up with new visitors on your list:
    • Invite them to services, your Reading Room, and future lectures
    • Make an appointment to talk later and get to know them
     
  • Hold a fruitage sharing meeting with the membership.
  • Post your fruitage, comments, and ideas on the “Let’s talk about lectures” discussion forum.
  • Submit a post-event press release to the newspaper with details of the lecture.