As a newly baptized member of Metro, I have been eager to get involved and give back in some way to the church that has given me so much in my short time being associated with them. On Sabbath, September 1, after vespers, Pastor B mentioned there would be a church
business meeting. Having never attended one of those things my curiosity was peaked, I wanted to know:
- What do they discuss?
- How were people going to behave?
- What format would this meeting take?
- How long would this meeting last?
So I decided to join Ricque [Sinclair] and check it out. As I compared it to the many secular and work-related business meetings I've attended, it was quite refreshing to see that this one started out with prayer. This was not just an opening prayer; but in acknowledgement of God’s love, we were asked to pair up and pray with and for each other. It became clear to me that God was welcome and wanted at this meeting.
As we collectively moved through the agenda addressing each item, I realized that this business meeting was a necessary and meaningful process that informed members about the church's finances and other projects - and allowed them to provide input about these items.
Pastor “B” paused for prayer after every issue; those in attendance offered advice and shared their opinions and concerns. It was nice to see the level of devotion the members have to their church…makes me think there must be something there, worth it all!
So in answer to my own questions:
What did they discuss? – The finances, the budget, the successes [since the last business meeting] and upcoming plans.
How did the people behave? – Quite respectful, sharing concerns, offering advice.
Format the meeting would take? – One that not only welcomed God but made him the focus.
How long would it last? – A little over 2 hours
So the meeting ended just as it started with everyone pairing up to PRAY. As I left I knew what I needed to do: PRAY – LOVE – SERVE!