For those who wonder what their clergy do all day, in addition to my regular duties, I have been to four meetings this week.
- Deanery Chapter (25 people: 2 hours) on funeral ministry.
- Deanery Synod (45 people: 2.5 hours) on the Diocesan Structure Review.
- Local Ministry Group Ministers' lunch (5 people: 2 hours) on local organisation.
- Churches Together (20 people: 2 hours although I ducked out early to get to meet with a few people about something else) on about a million different things.
That's 212.5 working hours used in meetings. Although some useful work was done and some decisions made, none of them felt satisfactory. The result of that is feeling (feelings mind, not necessarily reliable) that the time could have been used better, and thus, in a busy week, slightly stressed.
I love meetings when you walk out with the feeling that time has been saved not lost. The one hour meeting I had at the end of the last one, with three other people, saved me three one-to-ones doing briefing, encouraged me to keep going with a task that I had lost a bit of faith in and sent me to bed feeling better than any night this week.
If any chairs of meetings have not seen the film I commend it.