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Does Your Meeting have Crabs?

May 6, 2013

I’d like to propose this as a new logo for church meetings (any meeting for that matter).Crab No

I was at a gathering recently where another pastor commented with a chuckle, “I guess our regional meetings are always crabby.”

This may explain why many of us don’t like meetings, but I would like to challenge the assumption that if this is the norm, we just need to accept it.

Most regional meetings are attended by leaders – pastors, elders, and organizational representatives. If the purpose of the Christian church is to help followers of Jesus to become more like him, how can ‘crabby’ even be tolerated? In fact, we should make a commitment to raise the character bar for such meetings. They should be challenging, informative, transparent, and inspiring – with no room for crabby! We can have serious discussions, even debates, but crabby is not acceptable. The church today has many significant issues in front of it. None of them will be satisfactorily reconciled by crabs.

Our goal should be to leave the meeting with more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. While that may sound idealistic, if we are not committed to this, why are we in this to begin with? The measure of a meeting is not merely on what is decided, but also the spirit in which it was conducted. Leadership is not just getting your way; it is modeling for others how to live. If we want the world to be a better more loving place, let’s look in the mirror before we look out the window. If you agree, please feel free to copy today’s picture and take it with you to your next meeting. Just remember, the most important person to heed the warning is the one carrying the sign!

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