Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hey Fletch … I heard you say once that you often limit meetings with staff to 45 minutes. Can you explain that to me?

DRF—Your memory is better than mine. I don’t recall saying that but it sounds like something I would say. Here’s why.

The first thing that you want to do is to define the purpose of your meeting. Is it to get to know the staff member better, to talk about spiritual things or to review ministry?

The problem with most meetings is that they don’t have a purpose. They meander and touch on this subject and then on that. At the end, no one really knows what happened in the meeting. No decisions were made and no apparent progress in ministry occurred.

If you want to have a meeting focussed on spiritual development, set that as the agenda. If it is to review ministry progress, go for it. Most meetings can happen in 45 minutes as that forces you to stick to the subject! By the way, start your meetings on time … and end on time too!