Today I want to talk to you about the cadence of meetings and types of meetings in your church. Now, churches don’t drift toward simplicity, they drift toward complexity. And one of the most complex structures in your church is meetings.
Research shows that volunteers serve 2.67 times in your church. That means every volunteer or leader is serving more than once. They serve in more than one ministry and if ministries don’t get together and align the same focus and cadence of meetings, then you are likely confusing your volunteers. So, let’s take a look.
You may recognize this chart if you are familiar with Carl George’s Vision Huddle Skills from the olden days. However, this has been adapted to focus on your meeting content specifically – the content, the cadence, the audience, and really the purpose of that meeting, It’s just a helpful chart for you to use to make sure you are on the same page.
Now these vision meetings happen annually, and you want everybody present because you’re focusing on your vision and values. You want everybody to be on the same page and know where you are. You want to cast one vision and celebrate the things that you want to embed in the culture from a values perspective.
Next, we look at skills. These occur at least quarterly, though they can happen more than that if you want. These meetings focus on role-based skills that are specific for your ministry area.
Now development meetings happen monthly with 1 to 3 people. At these meetings you want to work on personal development and this gives you the opportunity to focus on each person’s competency for their leadership level in your church’s pipeline. Maybe where they are and maybe where you want them to be.
If all ministries sign on with this meeting structure, then you will be able to provide better clarity to the volunteers in your church.
Now that you understand these types of meetings and the cadence of meetings in your church, what are you going to do about it?