Can Church Make Meetings Work Better?

Which meeting does not allow attendees to speak?
A) a trial;
B) a business meeting;
C) a class;
D) a church service.

–A trial allows people to give testimonies.
–A business meeting and a class both allow people to ask questions and engage in open discussion.
–However, a church service requires people to be silent (except for singing).
–Thus the answer is D) a church service.
*(Perhaps we could loosen up a bit and allow people a little freedom to speak out in church . . . )

Here are a couple of quotes from How To Make Meetings Work by Michael Doyle & David Straus that could help us add some freedom to church meetings:

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“Men and women of all ages are demanding more say in the decisions that effect their lives.”  –Michael Doyle & David Straus

“There are two ways of judging the success of a meeting.  First, what happened? You must judge the real importance of your meetings by the results you get from them. Second, how the meeting went. Did everybody get a chance to participate or did one person dominate the meeting?” –Michael Doyle & David Straus

Bible knowledge is everywhere nowadays, while Bible application is very rare!
–Bible teaching is very easy to get. It’s everywhere — sermons, Bible studies, books, ebooks TV ministries, conferences, live streaming, web sites, CDs, radio, YouTube and on and on.
–But what’s so very hard to find nowadays is a safe place to get hands-on-experience obeying the Bible, openly sharing your faith, and ministering to one another.
–Where can you get that vitally important (but so hard to find) hands on experience? Every Sunday @ 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207 at 10:45 am. — The Salvation Army Berry Street.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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