The Work Of A Staff Meeting At The Journey Metro East, The Church I Attend

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For this paper, I observed a staff meeting on March 8th at The Journey Metro East, the church I attend. Six people attended the meeting, including the pastor, worship leader, and children’s ministry coordinator. Throughout the two hour run time of this meeting, the staff demonstrated numerous concepts we have covered in class. Six small group communication concepts they displayed most prominently were the procedural model of problem solving (P-MOPS), group roles, group socialization, Tuckman’s model of group development, types of groups and, lastly, systems theory. To begin, the staff of The Journey Metro East used P-MOPS when discussing problems. They used this model in three instances, although they combined two of the steps. They used…show more content…
At this point, they combined the second and third set of P-MOPS by generating and explaining possible solutions, then immediately evaluating those ideas. Granted, this contradicts the point about no criticism during the generating stage, but the staff didn’t seem to consider an alternative. Next, they chose the best solution: having the new pastor drive back and forth to his home (which is about two hours away) on weekends. Finally, they implemented this solution by assigning various members of the staff tasks to make this possible, such as the secretary keeping Fridays a light work day and clearing the new pastor’s schedule as much as possible to facilitate him being able to leave at a moment’s notice. . Though the staff used P-MOPS only three times during the meeting, including two times not described, they demonstrated group communication roles throughout the discussion. Specifically, they displayed task roles, defined as behaviors that contribute directly to accomplishment of a group’s task, and maintenance roles, which means behaviors that help a group maintain harmonious relationships and contribute to a cohesive interpersonal climate. Notably, no one seemed to fill an individual role, meaning self-centered behaviors that place the individual’s need ahead of the group’s needs. First, multiple members displayed task roles. The pastor, who leads the
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