Wild Game Dinner Speakers Fee: How Much Should You Pay?

Wild Game Dinner Speakers Fee: How Much Should You Pay?

When it comes to wild game dinner speakers and their fee, it’s a bit of a moving target. Trust me when I tell you that you can pay $3000 for wild game dinner speakers, but that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to improve the quality of your wild game dinner, nor does it mean your speaker is going to do a super job. Why? It’s simply because some wild game dinner speakers, because of their accomplishments and their resume, have a higher “market value.” Look, I know that sort of language makes you uncomfortable. I get it. It makes me feel weird too. And it should, but naming a price isn’t evil. It’s all about motives. If it’s all about money, that’s toxic on many levels. You know what is also toxic? Thinking money is evil. Money isn’t evil. Loving money is the root of evil said Jesus. You have to think about money on both ends. As a speaker, and as the church hosting the wild game dinner. The Worst Speaking Fee Ever Created. The hardest speaking fee, the worst one I ever set, was the first one!! It wasn’t the fee itself. It was in trying to land on what was fair.  It was psychologically strange for me. Back in those days when I first started, churches were looking for wild game dinner speakers like crazy. The Internet was trending in footprint and finding wild game dinner speakers for your wild game dinner, or men’s ministry event, wasn’t necessarily that easy. My problem was, as a speaker, I was being taken advantage of – on occasion –...

Wild Game Dinners: Is there a BEST day of the week?

Wild game dinners are a seriously strong asset for reaching men. Men's ministry comes in all shapes and forms, but if you're looking to reach hunters and anglers, wild game dinners have got to be in your normal rotation. Why? Because wild game dinners are the best front door you can have for reaching outdoorsmen. ​The Question I'm Asked Most OftenGetting to speak across this nation to scores of hunters is the single greatest form of fun in ministry that I've had to this day, even after 25 years of ministry endeavors. Wild game dinners are a favorite of mine because wild game dinners offer an ecosystem where a host of a man's values come crashing together: food, free gear, storytelling, and from an evangelism perspective, a captive audience who share my core values in terms of a love for hunting. ​The question I'm most often asked by event planners is, "Jason is there as best day of the week to have a wild game dinner?" My answer is: yes. There absolutely is a better day to host an event, and it's Thursday. ​Thursdays For Wild Game Dinners?Here's what you have to understand up front. ​We're not talking about some massive event for men that has 15 moving parts. Wild game dinners are not meant to be the end all, catch all, for your answer to men's ministry. In fact, the greatest failures ... by far ... that I see in terms of wild game dinners is when churches try and do too much in one single event. My word, I've seen churches offer ropes courses and go kart rides for kids,...
How To Secure Wild Game Dinner Speakers

How To Secure Wild Game Dinner Speakers

Finding wild game dinner speakers for your event is not always an easy task, and to find a good one, well, that's even tougher. Wild game dinners and speakers are not always the best combination. Why? Because just because a guy is a hunter doesn't mean he's a great speaker for your wild game dinner. So, what do churches often do? Get a preacher to do it. EVEN WORSE. Why? Just because a preacher has shot a squirrel with his grandaddy 30 years ago doesn't mean his a gospel communicator to the hunting world. Find the right communicator - in terms of wild game dinner speakers - and it can be nothing short of amazing at what God does at your event. Find the wrong one, and it's a total nightmare. ​[read more on that here about deceptive tactics wild game speakers use]For the last 23 years I've been speaking and preaching across the nation. I've made about every mistake you could make, but that's going to work out for your benefit, because you can avoid those same mistakes. ​​This video below is a compilation of truths I've learned along the way about how to secure the best speaker for your wild game dinner. I hope it helps. ​Jason Cruise is a published author and speaker. He is the host of Spring Chronicles on Sportsman Channel....
Men’s Ministry: Start Where You’re Standing

Men’s Ministry: Start Where You’re Standing

Men's Ministry and influence are forever tied together. The entire point of men's ministry is that you can influence men to move the Kingdom of God forward in the lives of men who are leading families toward Christ-like journeys that last through the struggle. I've seen a trend, however, in men's ministry when it comes to doing what I do within the hunting community. I notice a lot of men envy other ministries or ministry personalities. Envy can show up in subtle forms. Envy, like every other sin, is often a quiet start in a direction far away from God. My experience is that sin tends to start small, you tend not to notice it so much, because something as subtle as envy feels a long way from stealing or murder. You'd be stunned at how often I hear men talk about how they wish they could have a place in the world of men's ministry that has big impact. A foothold of sorts, where their lives make a difference. The truth is, they already have it, but they don’t see it. A man will often look at what he wishes he had, instead of looking at what he actually has in front of him. It’s the devil’s way of keeping a man on the bench while he entertains the thought of waiting to get into the game. “You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things.”     - Jesus -  My grandfather fought in World War II. He said he’d been reassigned to a unit that, in his words, “had a...
Accountability In A Culture Of “Don’t Judge Me.”

Accountability In A Culture Of “Don’t Judge Me.”

Accountability has and most likely forever will be a buzzword in evangelical circles. Especially when speaking in terms of men's ministry. I’ve spoken at a blue million men’s ministry events in the past 20 years, and 85% of the time somewhere, somehow, I hear accountability, and the need for it, mentioned when the emcee or event leaders are addressing the crowd before I speak. Accountability is like going to the dentist. You desperately need it, but you dread it. You know your health depends upon it, but it feels like getting your teeth cleaned: it can wait if it has to. There’s a pathogen that has slowly, quietly crept its way into churches in the last 10 years. I genuinely believe it comes from pop culture’s obsession with politically correct thinking and tolerance. Over time, more and more Christians have become comfortable and accustomed to being immersed in an American culture that constantly screams the “don’t judge” mentality with every opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times in the last 10 years I’ve heard Christians say, “I don’t want to judge him.” My response is normally along the lines of, “If what you’re saying about his life is true, what makes you think you’re being judgmental by caring enough to confront him?” While I do not have the time to dissect the heresy found in how Christian’s define judgment, I pray that all of us, myself certainly included, never, ever forget this simple fact: you are not being judged when you are told you are in the wrong. To say it another way: I’m not judging you by...
Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Works

Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Works

Why Outdoor Ministry That Unapologetically Targets Hunters Actually Works Outdoor ministry can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. I’ve been walking the path of outdoor ministry almost 15 years now, and while there’s a long way I have to travel, my experience has proven to me that when a church gives themselves permission to focus on hunters and hunters only, they will reach further into the well of lost souls than they ever would have had they chosen to take the approach most churches take, and that is to let their outdoor ministry be an “all things to all people” idea. Outdoor ministry can, and in many ways should, have many facets to it within a church’s walls. However, I’m going to show you some brutal truths about why a “church mentality” will kill your evangelism efforts toward hunters in your community. Outdoor Ministry By Definition Is Misleading. When you think about the very concept of “outdoor ministry” you’ll quickly see that it attracts people who readily confess that they just “love spending time in God’s great outdoors.” In fact, the phrase “outdoor ministry” is so broad that when I’m brought in to speak at pastors conferences or ministry leadership events, I’ve stopped referring to it as outdoor ministry and have began using the term “ministry to hunters.” I hate word games, and I cannot stand splitting hairs over the inconsequential. However, in this area of ministry, I think it’s necessary to be really specific if you want to change the way non-hunting Christians think about outdoor ministry. Yes, camping is outdoor ministry. No, it...