Last Wednesday we had a church meeting. Church meetings happen so infrequently at DOWNTOWN CHURCH that we felt it was necessary to document the occasion with pictures. Below you will see images from our Session meetings. The Session of DTC meets once each month, usually on the fourth Wednesday. It is the only standing committee that we have at the church. I've found that if you schedule meetings, people will come up with stuff to do, often to justify the time spent meeting and not because the stuff is necessary.
One quirk about our Session meetings is that the start time is 8:00 a.m. If that sounds too early for the leadership team of the church to meet, you are right. But the benefit of the early start is that we can't meet for more than an hour. At 9:00 a.m. the elders are looking at me, the moderator of the Session, like I have something on my face. But there is nothing on my face, it's just time for them to go to work.
Meeting one hour each month means we can't be sloppy in our preparation, we can't take anyone's time for granted, and we must reserve the time for making decisions, not hearing reports. If you want to hear more about our theology of church meetings, drop me a line in the comments below and I'll write more.