The nature and quality of congregational meetings significantly impacts the health and direction of a congregation. Purposeful and participatory meetings energize and empower leaders and members alike. Meaningful meetings don’t happen automatically. They require intentional and sustained work.
There are resources to help congregational leaders understand and implement principles that contribute to effective meetings. Here are two of them.
Facilitation Skills for Ministry by Jo Whitehead, Sally Nash and Simon Sutcliffe.
This book is designed to help ministry leaders understand the value of facilitative approaches in ministry. It provides practical suggestions for developing your own facilitation skills. Some chapters are useful for reviewing and/or learning main facilitation skills: “Basic Facilitation Skills” or “Facilitating Meetings.” Other chapters address facilitation in particular situations, such as facilitating learning or facilitating decision-making. Each chapter concludes with questions for reflection making the book an excellent tool for group leadership development.
Plan and Conduct Effective Meetings: 24 Steps to Generate Meaningful Results by Barbara J. Streibel.
Author Barbara J. Streibel writes a brief book that describes effective meetings from start to finish, including whether or not to hold a meeting. Addressed to meeting leaders, this volume covers setting goals, determining how to make decisions, agreeing on ground rules, conducting the meeting, and so forth.