Goals Values and Roles

Your Festival is a means to an end. Knowing why you are doing it, the values that you hold together and people knowing their role will help build a smooth running and successful Festival.

Goals– be clear on what your goal for the Festival is. Agree on it together. Make it as sharp and clear as you can.  Never lose sight of that this is part of a broader process of transforming your community and not a one off event. Set a short term and long term goals.

  1. Goals for the team that are simple and clear

“Making friends for Jesus”

“Showing people in our community the way life is meant to be”

“Taking steps towards the transformation of our community”

“Our next step in a process of Mission”

  1. Goals for the Festivals - you may want to share this with your sponsors, council and the broader community.

   “Our Festival seeks to build and establish lasting connections and networks (social capital) that will help humanise and transform local communities and build safe, harmonious and inclusive societies so all can find their place in a higher local and global purpose.”

Values – Generosity and Hospitality are at the heart of the Festival. They are the practical expression of what we mean when we talk about - Justice, Mercy and Compassion. These 3 values approximate the Glory of God – His moral nature in action.

These values undergird every activity, action and decision and activity taken during the Festival. You could explain these values by the MC saying,

“Everything we are doing today is to build people up, help people grow because people matter.”

“Everything is for free, “This is the way life was meant to be,” “No strangers here – everyone is welcome”


When the goals and values are clear and we have a program to achieve the goal we can then identify the roles needed to run the Festival. Setting up an effective team is essential. Roles bring clarity and frees people to do their job. The role is not a job – the role is a purpose in the part of a bigger happening.

Understanding your role means understanding your purpose as part of the team. It is through understanding and practising your role that you model community.

Is it possible to give a young person a significant role in the centre games? Often they will bring life and energy and connect across the age groups.

Serving and hospitality is not about making coffee. It is about creating a safe, comfortable, welcoming environment that puts people at ease and looks after their needs as they engage with what is going on around them.  

3 key roles at your Festival.

1 The Festival MC

The role of the MC is important in creating a warm and welcoming environment.  They are not to be like police but rather firm, fair and friendly … always welcoming and inviting others to join in.   They know the goals, values and the reason for this event and are constantly reinforcing the values of the festival. They know where the festival is heading - the performances, the competitions, everything that is happening throughout the day. They are the public face and voice of the Festival and treat the crowd like family. The Festival MC doesn’t wander around the festival but stays in one place at the front and helps everyone know what is happening and understand what the day is about. They don’t manage the program or the team. This role is supported by the Centre Games MC who gives attention to what is happening in the centre games space.

Both the MC and Centre Games MC welcome people constantly and let those who have just arrived know who is putting this on, that it is for free and spelling out clearly the range of activities available and the goals of the day.

2 The Centre games Team

A small team of people who know how each game works and who bring a sense of celebration and fun to all the activities is important.  If the team is focused and working together, the dynamic between them attracts more and more people to join in.  Having clowns on the team can also add to building engagement. If you possibly can, invite teenagers from 14 years up to be part of this team – they often bring life and energy. We want to create a circle of safety around the whole festival.  If people don't feel safe they will most certainly not be free.  Because what happens in the centre of the festival sets the tone for the whole environment, it is the place where consciousness of safety is the most important.  What this means is that boundaries need to be consistently kept and the individuality of each person respected. 

3 Festival Producer

The Producer knows the goals of the Festival and understands the role of the festival in helping bring about change in the community. They are the bottom line, they play an integral part in designing and shaping the event. They help make final decisions about aspects of the festival and are ultimately responsible for the smooth running of the day. They have an investment in knowing their team well enough to be confident that every detail has been attended to.

They know how and why the festival is running (goals & values) and where it is headed once the program is over (outcomes & future plans). They are clear about the story leading up to the first festival and what connections are needed to take the journey beyond the festival into community transformation. It is the Festival Producer who has the challenge of turning this working group into a team that shares the same goals and values.