An essential component for creating healthy congregations involves turning leadership teams into spiritual communities. Communities like these help congregations identify and celebrate their history, reflect on scripture, think theologically, and prayerfully discern God’s preferred future for their congregation. Board members are seen as spiritual leaders rather than political representatives. The board is seen as the people of God in community rather than a group of corporate managers. Through this angle of vision, the church board become a nucleus for the renewal of the church where every board member is a pastor, a serious Bible student, a teacher and a learner. Meetings can be one one of the primary vehicles for building leaders who are lifelong disciples. This happens when meetings are viewed as worshipful work rather than a litany of reports and decisions held together by book-end prayers. Viewing meetings as worshipful work also results in energized leaders who:
- stay engaged in the life of the congregation when they rotate off the board or counse
- bring more energy and insight to meetings while growing in vitality and spiritual maturity
- are empowered to the share ministry with clergy and members at large.
Meetings as Worshipful Work
If we redefine the activity of the people of God serving on boards and see it as worshipful work, then prayer no longer can be relegated to a book-end role; it will saturate the agenda and thread it’s way throughout the meeting. Consider framing prayers to the agenda. Offer prayers of confession and intersperse prayers of thanksgiving throughout agenda. Listed below is a sample of how you can make meetings more worshipful.
Assembling in God’s
- Name Call to order and service
- Read our mission statement and center ourselves in prayer
- Light the Christ candle
We offer a prayer of confession (reflect on the following questions)
- Whom do I need to forgive to be more fully present here?
- To whom do I need to ask for forgiveness from?
- What assumptions, slights and past history do I need to let go of be fully present and engaged?
- Am I operating in a need to win or need to save face mode?
- How would a servant leader approach the decision we’re facing at this time?
We hear the Good News
- Spend time dwelling on the Word of God
- Share an affirmation of faith
We Present our Offering
- Sharing of 30-day ministry goals
- Sharing of new 30-day ministry goals
- Address stated action items
We give Thanks to God
- Offer thanks for God’s transforming presence in our lives and ministries
- Offer prayers for one another and prayers of intercession
We Go Out in God’s Name
- Charge and benediction (with sharing the peace of God with one another)
- Adjourn to serve
What might you do to make your meetings a more worshipful experience?
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