Resources to grow as Disciples
Before you roll your eyes at what seems like an unattainable goal, you should know that meetings don’t have to be boring, or worse, a waste of time. They don’t have to be power struggles or places where a few people run the show while everyone else bides their time. And they don’t have to be a mind-numbing, re-hashing of the past.
Before you give another minute of your life away to a de-humanizing meeting, you and others on your team can take advantage of a new tool available for free to make meetings effective, efficient and energizing. This includes Congregational Council and Semi-annual Congregation Meetings.
Check out this month’s 10-Minute Toolbox where Pastor Sue Briner offers three keys to shifting your next congregational meeting into a meaningful experience that furthers the vision and mission. Join her to learn how to:
Share this webinar at your congregational council meeting and use the discussion questions to move your meetings in the right direction.
Lead by setting the bar high. Imagine a congregation where people actually look forward to being part of meetings with a purposeful, respectful culture.
I call this Operation Respect, because the mutual trust you engender when meetings respect time, all voices and the real purpose (joining God in mission in the world) is ultimately about respect. With all the changes in our world, people are not interested in being part of anything they see as a waste of time. When we allow meetings to drag on endlessly, we are sending a message to people that we don’t value their time. Congregations that make an intentional effort to be inclusive of different gifts and perspectives on their leadership teams but at the same time do not create a safe space for diverse conversations, have missed the point. Respecting everyone at the table as a full participant takes intentionality.
In addition to what you learn in the webinar,the following 10 tips for a respectful meeting are a giant step in the right direction at every meeting you lead.
Leaders need to care enough about God’s mission and those at the table to take steps, even drastic steps, to shift the culture of meetings to be life giving. Imagine freeing people to serve and love like Jesus rather than holding them captive in meetings.
*Footnote: A Congregational Retreat is different than a 6 hour meeting at church on a Saturday. A retreat includes retreating! This would include overnight, away from the church campus, spiritual renewal, team building, learning together, good fun AND shared work.
Additional resources are available with this month’s toolbox. Click the toolbox icon below to register and gain access to these resources.