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11 Ways to Liven Up Your Staff Meeting

Having fun with your team is serious leadership!

There is evidence that adults learn best when they are engaged in fun activities! When we kick back and have fun at work, it helps us connect with our team members on a deeper level. Even in the midst of a tough season of ministry, fun meetings can drive our creativity and flexibility to solve the problems ahead of us.

As a church leader, your team (whether paid staff or volunteer) deserves to have fun at your team meetings!

Here are some ideas to spice up your team meetings!

1. Add Food.

Something almost magical happens when you add food to a meeting. But don’t just bring a box of donuts … that’s way overdone!

Have a favorite exotic food? Add it to the start of your next regular meeting and see what happens.

2. No Ideas are Bad Ideas!

Host an old fashioned “brainstorming” session … but with a twist.

The goal of this session is to come up with the zaniest ideas possible to solve a problem in front you. Hand out a bunch of small, soft stuffed animals. Encourage your team to throw them at anyone who makes a negative comment about anyone’s idea. Any idea is a great idea at this stage!

3. Don’t Meet. 

Next time people arrive for a regularly scheduled meeting … don’t meet! Have something fun planned instead.

Go see a movie together. Walk down the street and get some ice cream. It’s amazing how the stuff on the agenda gets taken care of … even when you don’t meet.

4. Standing Meeting. 

OK … this might not be fun, but just effective.

Take all the chairs out of the room that you meet in and have the meeting standing up! You’ll be amazed at how quickly you move through the agenda!

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Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at UnSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.