- Create an agenda and stick with it. A church meeting needs planning. Write down the agenda and give a copy to each person in the meeting. That way when someone pulls you off course, you have a piece of paper to remind you where you are going.
- Start on time. If only two or three people show up on time, don’t wait for everyone else to show up to get started. Start with those who are there. Over time, this will give the message that being on time is important.
- Create time for sharing. Build in time during your meeting for people to share something about themselves. You want people to connect with each other and develop relationships. You can build relationships and get things done at the same time.
- Encourage people to do what they do best. Some people are idea people. They love coming up with new ideas. Some like to analyze and sort through ideas. Others like to make things happen. Allow people to do what they do best.
- Keep learning new tips about effective meetings. Rev. David Keill, rector of Christ Ascension Church in Richmond, Virginia, wrote a provocative article about church meetings: Church Meetings: Heaven or Hell? http://www.thediocese.net/Customer-Content/WWW/CMS/files/toolbox_church_meetings.pdf. Continue to find new ways to breathe life and spirit into your church meetings. Over time, you’ll find that people want to come to church meetings instead of avoid them.
A lot of church work is done in meetings, and church leaders often resist making meetings better and more productive. Church meetings are about ministry, church leaders say, not about business. Yet, often churches have a lot of business leaders who participate in church meetings. If you don’t adapt your meeting style somewhat to make business leaders feel more at home, you’ll end up with only relational people in your meetings. You want both: business people and relational people in addition to those called to ministry. Try these tips.
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