"The family is the most effective place to instill lasting values in its members" - Ezra Taft Benson
The Family Council differs from all other management styles in that it is a meeting where all members have a respected voice. God’s Spirit is also invited to be with the members of the group. The Family Council considers issues of temporal and eternal consequences. This link includes some examples of Family Council minutes, mission statements and goals plus calendaring processes for annual, month and weekly events to stimulate your thinking.
As previously outline, the presiding officer, a parent or called executive secretary, calls the council to order and welcomes family members to include acknowledging any guests. He/she generally reviews the agenda that the person has developed from family inputs and notes assigned opening and closing prayers. (Prayers can be at the request of the presiding officer or the executive secretary.) Note: We have found a prayer chart with a large family works well. When there are two of you the task is much easier. This officiating officer manages theoutlined agenda under the direction of the parent(s)
The Family Mission and Goals statement should reflect the purpose of the family with long term and eternal goals for family members. Once developed it could be recited in Family Council but should be reviewed at least annually for currency and direction.
Family goal setting should be an annual Family Council event. Review long term and annual goals but emphasis should be on the goals for the next year. The annual goals should be reviewed to break them down to doable monthly/weekly tasks.
Calendar of all family members events. Consider logistic support issues like resources, finances, transportation and equipment as well as family support at children's church, school and sporting events.