If you’ve been around churches for any time at all, chances are you’ve been a part of some inefficient, ineffective, and downright painful meetings.
This week, I’ll share some tips I’ve learned the hard way about how to lead effective meetings.
My first and biggest recommendation is this: Work to keep your meetings small and communication from meetings large.
Too many ministries make the mistake of including too many people in too many meetings. The purpose of the meeting should determine the size of the meeting.
If the purpose of the meeting is to make decisions, keep the meeting as small as possible. Our Directional Leadership Team (the group that runs the church) consists of five people including me. Many have suggested that we make the group larger. I simply won’t budge.
(I also like odd numbers. To me, 3 or 5 is better than 4. For some reason, relationships seem to gel better in odd numbers.)
If you have a board or elders, I would work to keep the group no larger than 12. In my opinion, 9 is better than 12, 7 is better than 9. (We have 11.)
This doesn’t mean you don’t seek tons of outside input. What you’re doing is building a cohesive team that can move quickly.
More to come.