Do you have a meeting tonight? Are you clear on the purpose of the meeting? Is everyone else? Do you know when it will end? Meetings without a clear purpose and clear ending time tend to go on and on, and they can use up all our time if we let them. They can be good avenues for building relationships, but they will serve everyone better if we have greater clarity about why we’re there.
Congregations differ, of course. In a smaller congregation the purpose may be the relationships even more than the task at hand, and we may have to encourage them patiently to focus on the task. In larger churches with lots of corporate-trained leaders, we may have to encourage them patiently to work on spiritual growth as part of the meeting. We have to manage ourselves in relation to the culture of the church we serve. But whatever the culture, when we are thoughtful about meetings rather than mindlessly carried on by routine, it will be easier to move forward.
What is the purpose for your meeting tonight?