When it comes to our church and ministry, one of the last things we want to deal with is meetings. We can’t seem to hold a productive meeting, we can’t seem to get church members to show up at annual meetings, and our meetings seem to lead to more meetings. All of this is discouraging.
However, Meetings are essential to your church! As a church leader it is important to become a master at Meeting your Ministry.
Meetings Establish Ministry Alignment
One of the most important reasons you must Meet in your ministry is because meetings get everyone on the same page. You are fooling yourself if you believe that everyone knows what is going on and has the same ideas about why we are doing what we are if you don’t take the time to tell them all together. Left to their own devices, most people will not understand what you understand. They need to be told, and it needs to be all together so that they all hear the same thing. Having meetings keeps everyone working in the same direction in the same manner.
Meetings Disseminate Vision
Every time you get your staff together, you have the opportunity to let your vision rub off on them, to show them again why we are doing what we are doing. Without meetings, vision falls randomly onto individuals, leaving you with a staff that has varying degrees of understanding and buy-in to the vision. Bring them together and cast it again.
Meetings Bring About Action
Good meetings lead your staff to act. They end with clear direction for the staff to follow, and allow you a venue to hold them accountable to moving in that direction. Remember this as you plan your meetings, and be sure to end them with a time to set clear directions for each staff member: “John, you are putting together that video for the baptism service. Becky, be sure to call Joan about that question we had about the bulletin.” Then follow up on the action plans.
If you need help having great meetings, I recommend Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni. It is a quick read and has practical advice for making your meetings more efficient, more timely, and more fun. Or if you’d rather, leave a comment and we can have a conversation. I love helping people create better meetings.
Do you love the meetings in your church or organization?