Worship and business meetings.
Those two words are rarely used in the same sentence.
For many churches, words like fights, arguments, disagreements, and yelling are more frequent partners with business meetings.
During my pastoring classes, I heard horror story after horror story of business meetings gone wild. Punches flying; cuss words everywhere. You may have experienced some kind of meeting like this. It may have been about the church’s business, but it obviously was not about the Lord’s business.
When a church is busy fulfilling the Great Commission and Great Commandment at home and abroad, the leaky faucet takes a backseat in the hearts of the people. When a church is busy fulfilling the Great Commission and Great Commandment at home and abroad, the focal point becomes how God is moving among the community and nations.
Henry and Richard Blackaby have written a fantastic little book entitled Flickering Lamps. They discuss the story of Faith Baptist Church in Saskatoon, Canada and the principles of church revitalization related to that church’s story. In it, Henry talks about this idea of a business meeting being worshipful:
I served as the moderator for our church business meetings. I did this on purpose because I believe business meetings could be some of our most spiritual moments as we identified the practical ways Christ was guiding and providing for us. I instructed committee chairpersons to give their report in light of the fact that Christ was triumphantly ruling on His throne. The finance person would not merely report expenses and bottom lines. He would also help us celebrate God’s provision and alert us to items we needed to trust God for. The mission pastor would not simply report on what our mission teams had done the previous month. He would also relate where God was inviting us to join in His work and celebrate how the Lord of the harvest continued to thrust forth laborers. Each report focused more on what Christ was doing in our church than on the activity of the people. It is exhilarating when your church operates with the understanding that Christ rules in the midst of His people.
Does your church’s business meetings focus more on the activity of the people or the activity of Christ?
I’m thankful to be a part of a church whose business meetings closely resemble the one Blackaby described. Our pastor, with great patience, has been able to instill that DNA of worship in the people. So it can be done; your church is not hopeless.
I want to encourage all pastors to begin steering your church to celebrate Christ during business meetings. These are crucial points in a congregation’s life and have the potential to change how the people view their role in the church and on earth.
Don’t waste your business meetings.