Staff meetings in ministry contexts are very similar to staff meetings in other working environments. They can be boring or frustrating, or both. They can also be disjointed, amorphous, essentially unspiritual, and ineffective if they are not guided properly. So, is there a difference between a church staff meeting and a secular one? There should be. A meeting among Christians should be characterized by love, unity, focus, progress, and reliance on the Spirit. Very lofty ideals, right? Yet, we have all heard of church staff meetings that are just as difficult as secular ones. Here are a couple of thoughts on keeping the meeting kingdom-oriented.
It is customary in many churches to encourage young people to enter the ministry. Some ministers go so far as to say that being a pastor is God’s “highest calling,” and “there’s no greater job.” While these claims are dubious at best, there is nothing wrong with encouraging people to consider the ministry, as long as you’re not encouraging too hard.
Do you know what stagnation in the ministry is? It happens when ministry becomes dull, unexciting, routine, and altogether undesirable. This is the kind of downward slide that can happen to pastors, Sunday School teachers, church volunteers, and basically anybody. Stagnation begins when you stop learning, cease discovering, and just let your mind lie fallow. What if you could reverse this? What if you could launch back into a lifestyle of mental energy, sharpen your edge, and improve your ministry? It’s possible.
For most people in this world’s workforce, moving up and moving on is the big dream. The next promotion. The big break. The upward advancement. The management position. I had a short tenure in the recruiting industry where it was my job to help civil engineers move on to that next level in their career. There is nothing necessarily wrong with trying to advance one’s career or seek improvement in one’s situation. The problem, however, is when this same type of thinking infiltrates the calling of the pastor. The peril of pastoral promotion-seeking can ruin ministries, and leave behind a disillusioned flock.