Focusing on our relationships and less on meetings…..
Our pastors and staff often meet in meetings. So much so that the word “meeting” can be a loaded word, and thoughts of listening to long reports, spin, and imperfect communication come to mind. Well, we have been changing that thought process: recently in HQs when we hold a meeting we try to have our reports emailed in advance and down to a page or two. We give each other 10 mins or so to quietly read through if we haven’t done so already by email, and then get on with discussing what is really a priority.
But there is that whole other aspect of being a team, which are the personal relationships we have with each other. So, some of the London pastors and our couple have started a little midday sharing in the week, at our home. It is really nice to get to know more about how we all think and feel, about how we are in our families. And the food is good. On the way out at the end we start to talk work, and of course there is always a lot to communicate, about upcoming events, workshops, etc, but putting some focus on our personal relationships is definitely a good investment. Hope the picture helps you catch the atmosphere.