Running Church Meetings Skillfully and Carefully

by Jim Merhaut. Vibrant Faith Ministries, Faith Formation Learning Exchange.


This article offers practical suggestions to implement more productive meetings.


how to prepare for a meeting, how to create an agenda, incorporating spiritual formation and educational experiences

Recommended Audience

clergy, lay leaders, and board member



Practical Applications

  • Plan for productive meetings by referring to this article beforehand.
  • Incorporate spiritual formation and educational experiences during meetings by following the suggestions outlined.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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