February 21, 2018
5 Resources for Better Church Meetings
This month we offer five resources to help your vestry or other church group have more engaging and productive meetings. Please share this digest with new members of your vestry and extend an invitation to subscribe to ECF Vital Practices to receive Vestry Papers and the monthly digest.
1. The Consent Agenda: More Efficient Meetings
The Consent Agenda: More Efficient Meetings introduces the concept and practice of using a consent agenda and how this makes space for strategic mission and ministry discussions without adding to the length of a meeting.
2. Creative Juices
Creative Juices looks at the issues of routine and re-hashing at meetings and shares some ideas to frame discussions and get those creative juices flowing.
3. How Does Your Group Grow? Group Developmental Stages
How Does Your Group Grow? Group Developmental Stages shares the four group development stages and how a vestry or other leadership group functions differently in each phase.
4. No More Parking Lot Conversations
No More Parking Lot Conversations examines the behavior of not speaking up in meetings that leads to unhealthy private conversations, and how creating a covenant can improve the function and flow of vestry meetings.
5. A Suggested Order of Meeting (for Vestry Meetings)
A Suggested Order of Meeting (for Vestry Meetings) shares a sample agenda that helps shift the vestry from governance functions to allow greater time for the formation, mission, and vision.