Friday, October 5, 2007

Why I Love Church Business Meetings.....

(ht: Josh Gelatt)

Tallahassee, FL - A church calls a special business meeting in order to inform the pastor that he is no longer the pastor. His response? He attempts to choke out one of the deacons! Full story here.

I've been a part of one business meeting that came close to this point...I laugh about it now, but it was one of the catalysts that nearly drove me out of church back then. During my time in that church I never attended a positive business meeting. They were nothing more than times to air grievances. The pastor's response at one time (before we began attending there) was to simply not have business meetings. The church (which was a completely pastor-ruled entity) actually went more than 2 years without a business meeting, budget meeting...anything! Yep - nothing can go wrong when the pastor is making all the decisions (financial and otherwise) without counsel or church knowledge! Wow, I'm glad I'm out of that sort of environment now....

2 comments:

Phil said...

I've never been to a church business meeting that wasn't a farce. The Pastor may as well have been running things without a meeting at all. They consist of the Pastor standing at the pulpit, telling the church what he'd like to do, then asking for someone to "make a motion", and then everyone in the church saying, "Amen!" The only time anyone initiated something on their own was to suggest a salary increase for the pastor, or to buy him a new car, or something.

Ellis Murphree said...

Sound rough, Phil. I've said before that if you go to a new church you should try to see a mid-week service and a business meeting (if they are open to non-members) before you ever consider joining....this way you'll have a better idea of what you may be getting in to.....