I always begin our leadership meetings with four questions.
– What has God been teaching you in recent days? (i.e. in the Scripture or experience)
– How have you been leading your family spiritually recently?
– What is a specific prayer request for yourself?
– What is a specific prayer request for the church?
Too often, church leadership meetings can devolve into mere “business meetings,” where we resemble worldly wise men, rather than shepherds of the church. But, these sorts of questions asked at the beginning of our meetings help to keep our focus upon the Lord and His guidance.
Furthermore, they help to prepare each man coming to the meeting, as he knows that he will be confronted with answering these questions. They have led to humility and vulnerability and confession of sin. They have brought a unity among us as we are led to pray for one another in greater ways.
Perhaps you might be inclined to use them in your setting (leadership meetings, accountability groups, etc.).