I remember my first few weeks of starting up my first church job after seminary – I was still getting used to working full-time, trying to find my groove, and honestly, not 100% sure how best to be spending my days. But I will tell you – that meetings seduced me. I could be on my way to a meeting, and there was no little voice in the back of my head saying, “Are you sure this is the best way to be spending your time?” Of COURSE it was – because I was in a meeting – and churches do meetings – and therefore, I was doing ministry.
But let’s be honest. Most meetings suck.
And they suck our time and our energy – and they really make us think that we’re making good use of our time. That’s generally a lie.
So, here’s what I’d like you to do. Take 5 minutes (you ALL have 5 minutes) – and watch the video above of Al Pittampalli sharing his ideas for a Modern Meeting Revolution. But while you’re watching it – imagine that he’s speaking to your church. Try to imagine what this would look like in a church context. I have some ideas of my own, and I’m going to share that after I read his book, “Read This Before Our Next Meeting” (you should probably just buy it – it’s only $7.95 for the Kindle version).
So until then – please share your thoughts below: how could this idea of the modern meeting work in churches? How would this revolutionize the way your church handles all of its committee meetings? I’m aware that there are obvious limitations of taking corporate ways of doing business and trying to translate it directly to the world of churches and ministries. But I’m guessing that churches could learn a TON from the business world (at least from folks like Al Pittampalli).