youth worker, youth ministry, leadership

Keep Content – Change Format

By Doug Franklin January 20, 2010

Most church meetings feel like an icepick going through your eye. They are predictably painful. As leaders we must realize our followers dislike our meetings. We need to keep the content but change the format. Most church meetings become routine; the same people pray and the same people talk and nothing changes. We must harness the power of our people and energize them through our meetings. Consider the following changes to your agenda:

1. Cut calendar – focus on care
Often church meetings focus on the calendar – what is coming up and what needs to get done to prepare for the event. I challenge you to spend only five minutes on calendar and use the saved time on caring for your followers. For example: ask people to share their burdens and then break into small groups for prayer. Find a short video on YouTube that will encourage your staff or teach your staff a new principle. Watch it and have a discussion about how they can use this information in their ministry.

2. Talk less

Ask different staff members to lead the meeting. Allow them to use their gifts and their perspective to bring new life to the meeting.

3. Move
Use interactive initiatives and activities to bring excitement and energy to your meetings. You can find tons of free activities on numerous websites. It’s more fun to move and you learn more when you do experiential learning activities.

Church meetings need to change – breath new life into yours and your leadership will expand.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More