Why Church Meetings Never Accomplish Anything

Young business team exchausted and over workedOver the 25 + years that I pastored a local church I have to say that the part I disliked the most were meetings.  It’s not that I don’t believe in the importance of a team having regular strategic conversation—it’s that we NEVER accomplished anything!  

I know, that’s an over statement. But it sure felt that way.

Many of the minutes of the meetings I attended could have been copied month after month.  It often felt like were like the Israelites in the Wilderness, covering the same ground over and over again.

Basically, there are three meetings that every leadership teams needs to regularly have.  The three meetings  include:

  • The 5-10 Minute Daily Update meeting.  This is a brief daily conversation for alignment, updates, what are you working on, here’s what I need.  Real quick and brief.  The key is that this isn’t a time to discuss items—it’s all about the update.
  • The Weekly meeting (1-1/2 hours)  The focus of this weekly meeting are the 3 to 4 key issues and strategic conversations that need to happen.
  • The Quarterly Meeting    This is the all-day strategic planning meeting where big picture items are discussed.
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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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