Participation 1

Series: Meetings That Work
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

This unit explains important principles for personal participation in elders’ meetings. Part 1 of 2 (part of larger series “Meetings That Work”).

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What are five key ingredients for achieving peace and unity among church leaders?
Answer: Prayer, wisdom, patience, humility, and determination.
2. Why must an elder be a faithful attender at elders' meetings?
Answer: Absenteeism immobilizes a group, affects group morale and performance.
3. What should an elder do who has a problem with talking too much?
Answer: Ask others to help you monitor this problem.

Discuss It

  1. How would you handle the problem of absenteeism or chronic lateness to meetings on your elder board?
  2. What are some ways that would be helpful for keeping elders’ meetings on track and moving forward?

Apply It

  1. Review the participation of your elders’ meetings. List several suggestions that would enhance the effectiveness of your meetings if implemented.

Digging Deeper

Read the book: Meetings That Work, by Alexander Strauch. Agree to implement any changes that would improve the effectiveness of your elder meetings.