5 Prominent Problems With Church Committees

Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer

At some point in my ministry, I became allergic to committee meetings. I realized I was spending a lot of time in those meetings that could be used for productive ministry.

To be sure, not all committees are bad, and not all committee meetings are unnecessary. Unfortunately, I have seen too many committees become the “tail wagging the dog” in churches.

Here are five of the most prominent problems:

1. The committee has forgotten its purpose.

I served as a pastor in a church where the church council monthly meeting was interminably long. I would discover that the stated and founding purpose of this group was to coordinate strategically the ministries of the church. Over time, it became nothing more than a calendar committee with people fighting for time and rooms.

2. Some committees meet even if they don’t have a reason to meet.

As a consultant in a church, I was asked to meet with different committees. I met with one committee where I learned they had seven consecutive months of meetings without an agenda and with nothing accomplished. I asked the chairman why they had the meetings. His response? “Because the meeting was on the church calendar.”

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Dr. Thom Rainer is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.