Church meetings stink, but unfortunately, the consequences of failing to meet are much worse.
When I planted our church, I vowed that we would care enough about our members to save them the torture of death-by-meeting. So we didn’t meet.
You know what’s worse than meeting? Not meeting.
Over the past three years, I’ve learned that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth meeting about.
Not meeting is incredibly dangerous. When you don’t meet, you threaten the team’s health in three key areas.
Remember those good old church camp days? On Wednesday night you cried, and Thursday, you promised to change the world and save Africa…two weeks later, the vision had “leaked out.”
Here’s why: every two weeks, vision leaks.
If the leader doesn’t recast the team’s vision every two weeks, the team’s entire purpose is at risk.
A team only becomes a team AFTER they have spent time together.
When a team doesn’t meet, it functions as a group of acquaintances doing a job instead of a team of soldiers on a mission. Meetings create margin for relationships to form. When you eliminate the margin, you destroy the team.
Interestingly enough, Carl George tells us that teams (and small groups) must meet a minimum of twice a month to insure strong relationships.
Ever wonder why your team never seems to “get it?” Maybe it’s because they’ve never been trained! When do you want your team to discover and rehearse new skills: in the game or in practice?
Effective team leaders are tenacious about training and helping their team achieve new levels of success. Planned meetings provide opportunities for new skills to be polished and acquired.
Finally, here’s my bottom line: meeting intentionally and regularly (when organized for the purpose of renewed vision, skill development and relationship building) will exponentially increase the effectiveness of your team.