Are your elders’ or deacons’ meetings satisfying and productive, or do they drag on with little accomplished? Does your group spend too much time on trivial matters? Do you find it hard to stay on track when discussing important issues?
If you are less than satisfied with the quality of your meetings, you are not alone. These are just a few of the common complaints. The fact is good meetings don’t just happen. People have to learn how to lead and how to participate in meetings effectively.
This book is designed to help you do just that. It describes, step by step, how to implement changes that can significantly improve your elders’ meetings. It provides insightful information that every participant needs to know.
Although written primarily for church elders, deacons or any church committee can readily adapt this book to improve the quality of their meetings. Part 1 gives a fresh perspective on the significance of elders meetings. Part 2, the heart of the book, explains specifically how to go about improving your meetings. It covers biblical ground rules of conduct, personal participation, communication tools, and the specifics of good meeting management. Part 3 includes questions and assignments that will help your group evaluate its strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for improvement. It outlines a step-by-step plan for discussing and implementing the suggestions in this book.