The mutual ministry committee:
builds on a broad vision of ministry and a healthy practice of mutuality.
makes use of a small group approach to develop mutuality.
carries out the ministry tasks of scanning and response in support of mission.
From Pastor and People: Making Mutual Ministry Work by Richard J. Brueschoff (Kindle Locations 766-770).
Sample Meeting Agenda
- Prayer (5 min)
- Sharing (15 min)
– click here for a list of sharing prompts, see page 6
- Bible Study (15 min)
– click here for a description of Kaleidoscope Bible study
- Main agenda item (30 min)
- Observer reflection (10 min)
- Plan/prep next meeting (10 min)
- Closing prayer (5 min)
- Meet once a month for 90 minutes
- For at least the first 6 months, don’t meet if anyone is unable to attend. After that, make your decision about meeting without someone on a case-by-case basis. Each member is as important as every other member!
- Meet in a comfortable environment where privacy and confidentiality of conversation is ensured.
Facilitator: the leader for a particular meeting.
Observer: pays special attention to the group process. Here are some questions to be aware of:
- Has someone talked too much or too little?
- What’s the feeling level among the group? If there was disagreement, how was it handled? Was it named and spoken?
- Is there tension evident among members? If so, how did it manifest itself?
- Do any smaller groups within the group seem to be forming? Are there any alliance?
- Have members listened carefully and responded appropriately?
- How is the group affecting each individual member?
- How is the group working together?
Bible study leader: chooses the scripture, prepares one question, then leads the study at the meeting.
Prayer leader: leads opening and closing prayers at the meeting.