Elders are vital to building a health church. However, anytime you have a group of people that need to be in agreement on specific issues, it can be challenging to manage, especially in ministry. Time is sacred, especially for elders since many elders are sacrificing time away from their jobs and family to serve on the elder board. Planning effective meetings is the first step to stewarding elder time and responsibility well.Introduction Elders are vital to building a health church. However, anytime you have a group of people that need to be in agreement on specific issues, it can be challenging to manage, especially in ministry. Time is sacred, especially for elders since many elders are sacrificing time away from their jobs and family to serve on the elder board. Planning effective meetings is the first step to stewarding elder time and responsibility well.
In this toolbox, you will learn why effective elder meetings are essential to congregational health and how your church can begin implementing meeting best practices to make the most of your elder board’s leadership.
Syllabus (what’s included in toolbox)
● Audio lesson with Sarah Robins, Vice President of Sales & Client Relations, and Holly
Tate, Vice President of Marketing, at Vanderbloemen Search Group
● Teaching outline of audio lesson
● PDF article: 11 Qualities Of Outstanding Church Board Members
Steps To Achieving Outcomes
1. Document your church’s elder roles and responsibilities in your church bylaws. This provides clarity for both the elder board and the church staff on how decisions are made in your church and reduces the chance of conflict when facing big decisions.
2. Have your elders sign a covenant of agreement each year so that the board is on the same page about expectations and responsibilities.
3. Designate an elder who manages the agenda of the elder meetings, sending it out beforehand and keeping the board on task throughout the meeting.
4. Create action steps at the end of each elder board meeting to keep momentum going after the meeting ends.
Recommended Reading List
The books below are recommendations to inspire your thinking, further your learning, and help you apply the principles you’ve learned in this toolbox. They may or may not be church-specific or written by Christian authors, but each of them have important lessons for leaders or churches to learn and apply as they strive to build organizations that thrive.
Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook by William Vanderbloemen
Individuals who complete this lesson will:
- Know the four elements of effective Elder meetings
- Understand the challenges, yet importance, of consensus in Elder meetings
- Be familiar with common Elder meeting mistakes and how to avoid them
- Read the Elder Meetings Syllabus
- Download the audio Outline
- Listen to the audio file
- Discuss key insights, opportunities, challenges, and action points.
- Identify one takeaway that you and/or your team can improve your Elder meetings.