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Death by Meeting?

During my childhood years I somehow became convinced that meetings were where the action was. I’m not sure how I came to that conclusion. Perhaps I believed that was how one became grown up; after all, my dad would talk about meetings at work and church all the time. The upshot of all this was that I kept begging and badgering my parents to let me go with them to meetings. Surely this was the gateway to glory!

Can you imagine my horror and despair when, after falling asleep one afternoon quite unintentionally (the life of an elementary school student in Canada can be terribly grueling), I discovered that my father had gone to a meeting at the church and had I been awake he would have taken me! O what sorrow! What loss! Cursed was I above all others!

Then I grew up. I probably don’t have to tell you that the way adults think of meetings is not the way children think about meetings. It is not abnormal for us to think of meetings as a necessary evil. In fact, Patrick Lencioni has written a thoughtful book on meetings entitled, Death by Meeting. His title arrests the attention because it relates to an all too common experience. But does this have to be the case?

Believe it or not, meetings can be a joy and something worth anticipating. I know…weird. I’ve been thinking about this more with respect to our annual business meeting (some of you are even now thinking, ‘we have annual business meeting?’) coming up on Sunday May 20 @ 5:30 pm. Historically, this has been the time when the congregation approves the budget and the officers (eg. treasurer & clerk). Important work, to be sure, but hardly the sort of activity that gets the heart pounding.

Enter: Andy Duke (aka intrepid evangelist, fearless church planter & founder and CEO of AD Ministries – a daughter organization of Apostles Anonymous). Andy has suggested, and the elders are pursuing, a new format to our annual member meeting. Starting this year, we will meet together for a catered meal on a Sunday evening after AWANA is finished for the year so we might enjoy friendship and table fellowship as well as take the opportunity to hear a few brief testimonies that highlight how God is working in ministry and missions at Christ Baptist as well as approve the budget and officers for the next fiscal year.

Think of this less as a business meeting and more as a family gathering, which means it is for members only. We will need to know how many to plan for, so when you receive information about this in the coming weeks please remember to RSVP. I look forward to celebrating God’s abundant goodness with you, which is what we need to take time to do as his children.