Meetings That Work

Practical, step-by-step help for church elders, deacons or any church committee working to increase the effectiveness of their meetings. Written by Alexander Strauch, author of Biblical Eldership and elder emeritus with more 40 years of experience in participating in elders’ meetings!


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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.

Meetings That Work: A Guide to Effective Elders’ Meetings 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 of Meetings That Work 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.

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Endorsements of Meetings That Work

“As usual Strauch writes as a man with a deep heartfelt desire to see elders take seriously their responsibilities and lead the church forward to the glory of God. Every elder should take the time to read this good book.”

– Christian Education & Publications

“Short and simple, this solid little book will be a valuable addition to any minister’s library, especially if he will read and follow it!”

– The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

“Will save you from being boring.”

– Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing MI