So, meetings, conventions, task forces, or inane gatherings are not Biblically mandated, but we humans apparently have great need of them. Some do, anyway. But if you fall into the group that is not of the holiest inner circle that enjoys said events, here are some suggestions for your personal entertainment at aforementioned gatherings.
1. Jesus Bingo. Take a blank bingo square and fill in the areas with various and sundry words that are currently in vogue in your region, diocese, gathering. The middle square is Jesus, so it's the free one. Some suggestions for words: discernment, capacity, intentional, vocation, emergent church, and visioning. Each diocese, etc. has its own "special language" of words that make the speaker sound important and intelligent, but are full of sound and fury, though signifying nothing. The first person to get bingo has to work "Bingo" into his/her next public statement. Winner gets to feel smugly superior to others in the room.
2. Sermon Derby. Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets. The holy one has taken the pulpit. How long will s/he speak? Sixteen minutes (false optimism in most circles)? Thirty-seven (a good guess)? Seventy-two (a recent winner)? Twenty-five cents to five bucks to buy into the pool. Winner gets the cash.
3. Super Double Secret Probation. For the particularly daring. Notify your closest friends and reserve a room (closed door for extra paranoia) at the next convention. Announce at any microphone at the very end of a session that the meeting of the special task force will be at a certain time. Say no more and let angst and suspicion do their work. Gather in the room and watch Animal House. Last ordained priest brings the beer.
4. Shots. A more simple form of Jesus Bingo. Pick a word your fearless convention leader loves to use with relish and abandon. Bring your drink of choice and do a shot whenever said word is uttered. Use caution. I did this in college to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with "Who." There are more occurrences of that word that I thought. The next morning was ugly.
Got ideas? Suggestions? Games you play? Share and share alike. Fun makes life more interesting.