Does God Attend Meetings?
Does God attend meetings in your church? We quite reasonably expect God’s presence in our worship services, and rightly so. We are actually having dialog with Him at those times, whether it be prayers of thanks or petition, worship, or praise. But the real question here is; “Does God attend your business, planning, and administration meetings? Is He even invited? Do you constitute such meetings with prayer, and invite His guidance and participation in every part of the process?”
- Putting God in a Box
I hope you answered YES to all of the above and haven’t been putting God in a box! We have a really bad habit of putting God into various boxes, and keeping Him out of others. It is very easy to percieve God as a component of prayer or praise, but it is very much harder to vizualise Him as a part of a decision about hiring a contracter to keep the grounds clipped and tidy. We do not habitually see Him in the really mundane parts of the process, but HE IS THERE just as much as in any other part of our church life. Think about it – HE OWNS the land and the buildings and the grass that grows on it. In fact He designed the grass and makes it grow!
- Involving God in Church Business
It goes against our instincts to put God into the business part of running a Church, but that should be both our expectation and our understanding, to have God involved in every part of our lives. As a new Christian, I thought it was my business to deal with paying the bills and running my business, and I was happy just to thank Him for “Giving Me my Daily Bread”. I soon found out that business went a lot more smoothly when I involved Him in every part of the process. I found that if I genuinely involved God in every part of my day, and sought to just be obedient, then business not only took care of itself; but was more successful than when I personally made the decisions!
- A Blue Print for Church Business
There is a blue-print here for conducting church business. It consists in firstly seeking God’s will for ALL activity, and THEN putting that in place. The how, where, and when of it will all fall into place with no fuss or effort. God only asks us to do things that we are already equipped to do, and He will ALWAYS provide the means to do it. If you believe this and do it, then nearly all church ‘planning’, and ‘ways and means’ meetings are redundant. If you ensure that God attends meetings, then the only ‘planning meeting’ needed is the regular prayer meeting!