…I’m alright. My mom called me this morning thinking something was wrong. I did not post my usual “Sunday morning prayer” yesterday and had not posted my usual “Monday morning check in” yet today. Sorry mom (and little sis)…I didn’t mean to worry you two.
Anyway…I am here. Yesterday morning got a little busy and this morning has been the same. It is hard to believe that September is right around the corner so that means Sunday school, Release Time and Confirmation is upon us. Wow…where did the summer go?
Council meeting update
Last week I resumed talking about the business meeting model vs. ministry meeting model for my church council (See the above link for part one of this series). In July we did some brainstorming on how we can better advance the mission of Christ. I was very excited and encouraged about the outcome of that meeting. I then mailed out some “homework” for the council; encouraging them to continue this ministry planning. My hope was to discuss what they did at out August. Unfortunately we did not get to do what I wanted to do. It didn’t work out to start the meeting with mission planning and by the time we got to that agenda item it was getting late and people were getting restless. I need to sit down with my president and make sure we are on the same page here.
Then today I got an email from a council member on how we need to spend more time in scripture and prayer at council meetings. She felt we need to start our meetings reading the Bible together and praying more. She must have been reading my mind these past few weeks and months.
So here is part of my plan to transform the Salem church council into a ministry meeting model over a business meeting model. Let me know what you think:
(1) On a piece of poster board that is hung in our meeting room, I have a list of our ministry priorities that we feel will advance the mission of Christ (this is our brainstorm list from July). This will serve as a reminder each and every month why we really are taking time out of our busy schedules each month.
(2) The assigned council member for the month will lead the group in devotions as always.
(3)I will then lead the group in reading scripture. Maybe the focus texts will be the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. Discussion and prayer would follow.
(4) Begin the “business” meeting portion of the ministry meeting. This way, if the meeting starts running long, whats really important will not get the shaft.
So one of my priority do-to items this month is to sit down with my council president and share with him this plan and make sure he is on board.
What are your thoughts on this plan so far? What would you add or do differently?
Series to be continued…
Take care and God bless!