Consider the perspectives described below, each is held by a different person concerning the same situation. After the meeting, the chairperson asks each person how the meeting went. This is what she hears:
|Person X||Person Y||Person Z|
|That was a fantastic meeting, I felt we had space to connect and I especially valued that devotion, I felt we all tuned in to the presence of God and connected to something deeper. Jo does a great job of preparing those with her whole heart. This meeting probably enriches me more than our Sunday gatherings, it means a lot to me.||Another frustrating meeting.
Once again we went till 10pm and everyone at home was in bed by the time I got there. Why does it have to take so long? We didn’t even make clear decision on the last three items of the agenda and they are all important. Why can’t we get things done. It’s so frustrating that people don’t prepare and aren’t ready to be clear and make a decision. I think I’ll step down.
|That was a confused meeting I don’t even know what I’m doing there. We are either praying and worshiping or rushing through decisions and business. It feels scattered and no one seems to be asking to bigger questions – what is our purpose? I’ve been here for 6 months and I don’t even know the answer to that question. None of the agenda items are even important, its so menial, we decide easily enough as a group but that’s because the stakes are so low but its not going to make any real different in the world.|