I found some brilliant groundrules for discussion on the wonderful church planting blog i follow. They were devised by the blogger and colleagues in a planning session, but are really applicable to any meeting in a church context. They are:
Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
Fruits of the Spirit trump everything else.
Playful curiosity wins first prize.
Periodic silence is golden.
I think they’re pretty spot on. I wonder if our diaconate would accept them as guidelines for all future church (and deacons?) meetings. Or perhaps now might not be the best time…