Well, I just got back from my first Parish Council meeting. I was 3rd alternate and it actually got to me. Lucky. 🙂 Actually, I am very glad to be on the Council. I’d really rather be working with/for the Church full time if I had my druthers. Got to figure out how I am going to do that.
Anyway, it’s probably like most meetings. Mostly stuff that could be emailed out. Commitee reports and the like… We didn’t really vote on anything tonight, though we tentatively set the dates for a couple of events. Not sure that requires the whole group to get together though.
Personally, I think about 75% of all meetings should be done away with in general. From personal experience most meetings are more about someone getting to put on a show or pretending to take in comments, come to a consensus and do something else anyway. Unless some major decisions are being made or ideas generated for later action, I think it’s pointless. Not saying our meeting tonight was. But in the corporate and institutional world, it seems like most meetings are nothing more than reports that nobody would even bother to read if sent out, so you force everyone to get together for an oral presentation you try to stay awake through.
I guess I’ll offer up my time if we have any of those kinds of meetings…