In many corporate settings, meetings are the inevitable waste of time and energy. When they happen in the context of church people often feel one or more of the following emotions:
- Joy at doing God's work.
- Guilt for not enjoying God's work.
- Dread at spending time away from home or away from your favorite restaurant or away from a Walking Dead episode.
While I don't expect that people will always find more joy in a church meeting than they do at El Reposo, I do think we could refine the process so that the joy we get from experiencing God is at least hinted at as we run our meetings.
- There was a clear purpose for gathering. A holiday!
- The right people were there. People were gathered from all over so that their voices were heard at the table - and boy were they ever!
- Ask genuine questions. "Are they drunk" is always a good question.
- Decide the next steps. In this case - repent and be baptized.
- Expect God to show up. There was a bit of mystery about when Jesus would send the Holy Spirit and what would happen next but the disciples were expecting something to happen. They just didn't know what.