MCing A Meeting Part 2

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy,to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determinesJust as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Cor. 12: 4-14 NIV

Following are some basics regarding “Mcing a Sunday Meeting” from our 40 years/ 40 lessons handbook.

  • Prepare yourself
  • Have been with God
  • Family in order (no Babies on hip)
  • Faith
  • Groom yourself
  • Focus
  • Baptisms Are celebrations

Baby dedications

  • Use names (don’t have crib notes- fathers remember their kids names)
  •  Smile
  • Look people in the eye
  • Tell short , hearty stories
  • Read when the meeting is peaking and dipping- much like a wave- get off before it dies
  • And recognise the peaks

Silence can be bad

  • When you look lost & bewildered
  • When it gets hijacked by crying babies etc
  • When 90% of the building is not engaging God “

Silence can be amazing

  • When its not overdone eg Heaven is not “mostly quiet”, but it has the occasional pause “from praise sounds.

Calls for ministry

  • It costs people to respond, treat them with dignity
  • Remove the surprise factor, ie let them know what’s happening
  • Handle with love
  • Don’t over kill (If there is nothing in the stone- don’t try to draw blood)
  • Don’t command/ ‘kneel down’ etc (If you want prophetic action – lead it yourself and invite don’t bark instructions)

What needs to be qualified

  • Extra ordinary
  • Humour is a great disarmer (just watch that it is not irreverent)
  • If you have visitors in the meeting house quirks may need to be explained
  • Delicate issues (e.g. excesses from contributors) need to be handled skilfully
  • Be real not religious
  • Be glad & sincere (Acts 2)

Gifts/contributions

  • Work in team let other elders share words
  • Too many words make a meeting ‘swampy’ (some words are sent to you for your sake(to confirm what you feeling, some words just come as a distraction- they come from needy/immature people )
  • Remember Jesus taught us to judge a tree by its fruit- the messenger can disqualify the message – be careful who you give the mic to: Not to strangers, the unstable or the causal
  • Get the time right, often a prophetic moment is messed up with bad timing

Announcements

  • Vision announcements
  • It’s a time for vision- not disseminating info time
  • Be careful where you’re dragging people to; success breeds trust and a willingness to go on another journey
  • Two, at the most, three announcements
  • Pick your words carefully. Practice and time your announcements. (Eccl 12 v 10)
  • Move people to a clear course of action e.g. (Where to sign up, where to go etc )
  • In every crowd there will be: head people, heart people and emotional people- address each group
  • Head people need to know you have thought things through
  • Heart people need to know it feels right, use names/ stories
  • Spiritual people will need to know its Biblical/ lines up with Gods will/ prophecy
  • Base your motivation on values
  • Reach into history (prophetic/ stories) as you lean forward
  • Be positive
  • Attest God is with you

Introducing preacher

  • Remember many people don’t know his name
  • Remember he doesn’t need the Glory/God does

Ending

  • If you have an end time stick to it
  • If you need to go over because of ministry at least release people who need to go

Transitions

  • If you’re using technology, practice to eliminate time delays
  • Think about highs and lows
  • Not everything needs a connecting statement
  • Changing gear is a dangerous time when you driving
  • Be decisive
  • Be filled with faith
  • Be clear where you are going
  • Smile/be confident
  • Pull don’t push
  • Use an invitational tone
  • Paint the picture – don’t carry the whip

When technology crashes

  • Smile
  • Don’t blame the tech guy
  • Press on with the least amount of commotion
  • Have a back up plan

Learn to celebrate: celebration builds

  •  Smile
  • Tell stories
  •  Applaud
  • Use role models
  • What you get excited about shapes the church

When disturbances come

  • Work as a team
  • Kill 99% with neglect
  • The rest sort with love or humour

Handling heresy

  • Publicly declared heresy needs to be sorted out publicly (with strength and love)

Big mistakes in leading a meeting

  • Assuming that more words = more anointing
  • Not managing causal people
  • Eyes closed
  • Rebuking with the mic
  • Lack of integrity- be funny – but be sincere
  • Religious jargon
  • Drifting IN FOCUS
  • Letting the needs of the minority hijack the meeting
  • Being unaware of what God wants to do
  • Speaking to the front row , instead of whole church
  • Being unaware of what the people are feeling “

Some questions to ask

  • Are the people involved?
  • Is Jesus being Glorified?
  • Are people meeting with God…Is their faith in the house?

We hope that this resource blesses you and the way you deal with mission and evangelism in your church. Feel free to print, edit and distribute this document.

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