Nonetheless, you'll hear a lot of grumbling about the Annual Meeting as a necessary canonical evil. The rector gives the state-of-the-parish address, the budget gets presented, vestry members get elected, and a lot of people quickly leave before the meeting starts. It's the one Sunday many people take the Dismissal literally and mutter "thanks be to God" as they sneak out the side entrance.
Most Annual Meetings are anxiety producing for clergy and boring for parishioners -- at least that's the common perception. But I think we can change that -- the Annual Meeting simply needs a marketing makeover. Here are just a few suggestions for drumming up attendance. I'd give you more but I need to get back to preparing for the one I'm running tomorrow morning.
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