This is the fourth and final installment on church business meetings in this series. I hope that you’ve found some things that I’ve mentioned to be helpful. While each church and pastor is different, you may find that you can use some of the tips here to make meetings less stressful and more productive. You can the previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Get A Decision: Avoid protracting the discussion any longer than necessary. While discussion is important, don’t let it just drag on and on. Once sufficient time has been given, encourage them to make a decision.
- Swallow Your Pride: There may be times that you disagree with the decision of the church. In matters of lesser importance you must submit to the decisions of the congregation. If you find yourself in disagreement with their choices, seek the Lord and ask for grace to abide by their decision. Often when these things happen we’re faced with disappointment, frustration and wound our pride.
- Write It Up: Have someone who is attentive to detail make good notes of the meeting. It’s often a good idea to have them rehearse the outline of the decisions that were made and make additions or corrections on the spot.
- Assign The Tasks: Before concluding the meeting go over the specific work that needs to be done and assign them to those who are responsible for completion. Make sure everyone is clear on who is assigned the task and the target dates for completion.
- Wrap It Up: Pray for the Lord’s blessing on the decisions and for His help. End the meeting on time. Let’s face it, people dread church business meetings because they can be tense, tedious and much too long. Frankly, they can just wear everyone out. If you want your best folks to come to the meeting and participate then – start on time, get on with it and wrap it up. Doing this way lets them know what to expect for the next meeting and lessens the anxiety. It makes team leaders more efficient with their time and you’ll be better prepared.