The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.Proverbs 21:5 ESV
Ever been in a terrible board meeting? A few years ago, Pastor Lee McCloud and I were asked to meet with the leadership of one of our churches that was struggling. It was our understanding that there was some serious strain between the pastor and church board, and they were seeking our help. I still remember walking into the room, greeting everyone and before we could even pray, one of the members pointed at the pastor and said, “We want him out of here!” Now how’s that for an introduction? I immediately said, “Let’s pray,” asking God for wisdom and guidance. We needed it big time. What started out as a terrible meeting actually turned into a profitable meeting. With God’s help we were able to arrive at a proper and positive resolve to a very tense and damaging situation. Since that day many years ago, the church has made several beneficial adjustments and it is now in a season of significant growth and blessing. Their meetings are now meaningful and unifying.
I have been in thousands of meetings since starting out in pastoral ministry at 21 years old. I have discovered that healthy churches have meaningful meetings. That means every meeting has a productive purpose that assists the church in fulfilling the divine mission of the church. What will help your next meeting to be meaningful? Here are a few elements that I would encourage to include.
I have found that no meeting is perfect, however, using these elements will contribute to having a meaningful meeting.