Would’ve the biggest frustrations many lead pastors and church leaders deal with on a day-to-day basis is dealing with their board or leadership team. In many churches, leadership meetings can take hours and yet seem to accomplish very little.
Communication, of course, is key. So is cultivating relationships of trust.
What what do you do when you’re stuck? What do you do when it just seems that you’re making no progress whatsoever?
Mike Bonem suggests that as a group you ask your leadership team these two simple questions:
1.: Are the issues we’re discussing important for our future? In other words, are these the issues that are main leadership team should even be dealing with? Be open and honest… Is this really something we should be talking about, or is this a decision that can best be made by someone else or another group?
2. Do we make and follow through on decisions made in our team meetings? The point here is: your decisions are not valuable if they’re not carried out. In some churches, it’s all talk and no decision. But in other churches decisions are made but are never carried out. Both are tragic.
Mike says, “Here’s my recommendation. First, answer the two questions on your own. How do you evaluate your team? Then makes these two questions the focus of your next leadership team meeting. Push hard for an honest conversation and if changes are needed, make a clear decision on what will be different in the future. It could be the most important thing that your team will do this week.”
So… How are you doing in your leadership team meetings? Are they extremely valuable? Or are they sometimes what seems to be a huge waste of time?
For additional help, Mike also recommends the book “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni.
Let me know what you’re learning in yourLeague team meetings.Send me an e-mail with your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.