Staff meetings are a part of church life. At their best, they are celebrations of recent ministry victories and evidence of life change within the congregation. At their most difficult they are a time of licking wounds and healing hurts.
Regardless if the church is on a roll or in a time of struggle, church staff meetings (involving paid staff, volunteers, or both) should be a time of refueling, honoring hard work, and collaboration.
Often, small changes in a meeting agenda can make a big difference. For your next team meeting, try introducing one of these elements:
- Ask everyone to share their most important ministry lesson learned since the last meeting.
- Have everyone name a mistake they have made recently that others can learn from.
- Solicit examples of answered prayer in the life of the church.
- Have team members call out – specifically – teammates for praise and gratitude.
- Brainstorm: “What is the one new idea we could implement in the next three months that would make a 50% difference in our effectiveness?”
- Ask “What’s not on our agenda today that you think we could profitably discuss?”
Those ideas are just enough to prime the pump. Spend some time thinking of your own and watch team members get excited as they contribute and grow!