I’m cleaning out desk drawers in my church office, trying to close it down. After I retired in 2009, our church generously provided me a secluded space to set up a desktop computer for writing. Since it adjoined the church library, it was perfect in every way.
These days, since I no longer need a separate office, for the past few months, I’ve been trying to close it out. A bigger job than I’d anticipated.
That’s how I came across something written while I was still pastoring–that would be sometime prior to 2004–under the title “Conducting a business meeting.”
Pastors and church leaders are all too familiar with those monthly church business conferences that can be mind-numbingly boring at times and at other times can rip open a fellowship of believers and leave it in shreds. Their unpredictability has caused many a church leader to look for ways to dispense with them, everything from simply forgetting to have them to amending the constitution and by-laws to say the church will have only quarterly or annual conferences to outright canceling them altogether.
No solution is ideal, as far as I can see. So much depends on the leadership and the membership.
That said, I wanted to reproduce the one page article here. It tells a great story….