Presentations text content in Leadership Workshop
Winnetka Congregational Church, March 10, 2013Slide2
Goals for Workshop
Building our team, relationships and trust as leaders of WCC
Updating where we are in the strategic planning process; sharing learning from Assessment Report and WCC review and discussion of Report
Identifying key challenges/ priorities for the 2020 Vision/ Strategic PlanSlide3
Overview of Workshop
Team/ relationship building exercises
Life-Cycles of Churches presentation
Review of Assessment, 5 Key Themes
Key Challenges Conversation
What’s Next in the Strategic Plan processSlide4
Speak your mind and heart
Speak for yourself
Listen with interest and curiosity to others
Avoid interruptions and side conversations
Listen together for the guidance and prompting of the Holy SpiritSlide5
Prayer and Discernment
What distinguished Congregationalists has been the conviction that no one person (be it Pope, King or Bishop) had all the tools needed to discern God’s will; but rather God’s will is best discerned in the gathered community of faith.
When the early Congregationalists gathered it was not to decide the will of the majority, but to discern the guidance of the Spirit and the mind of ChristSlide6
Exercise # 1
Partner up with someone you don’t know or don’t know well and explore the following questions:
Why did you want to be a part of this congregation when you joined?
What needs did this congregation meet for you? Your family?
What holds you here today?Slide7
Exercise # 2
Around the hall you will posted see eleven quotes.
Circulate reading as many as you wish.
Pick one that speaks to you and stand there.
Talk with those who gathered at that quotation, sharing what about it speaks to you and listening to others share about the same.Slide8
A look at church life-cycles
Helps to order reality, not predict it
Four key tracking qualities
E = energy
I = inclusion
P = program
A = administrationSlide9
Make a mark where you would locate WCC
Share your observation with those in your group
Listen to what others have come up with, without comment or debateSlide10
Review of Work to Date
The Assessment Report – a few comments from Tony
Reports from SPC members on the 5 Themes and congregational input
Growing in Faith
Technical Problems/ Adaptive Challenges
Who Does the Work?
Problem is known and clear
is known and clear
Defining work/ challenge requires learning
response requires learning, change, risk
Key Challenges/ Opportunities Before WCC
I will go through all, providing brief explanation, taking questions for clarification
A few words about a useful concept: “managing polarities.”
You will have the opportunity to suggest changes and to add additional key challenges, before we prioritize
Remember that to be actionable we need to -- and will -- take further steps, beyond priorities to strategiesSlide13
Key Challenge # 1
Leadership Transition/ Transitions. Planning for Senior Pastor transition. Looking at different models for that transition. Developing time frames.
Consultation with other staff members regarding their own plans .Slide14
Key Challenge # 2
strengths stay strong during a transition period
Identifying key ministries/ programs – strengths we don’t want to lose or jeopardize
Developing staffing and lay leadership plans for transitionSlide15
Key Challenge # 3
From a more generic community church identity with a high historic emphasis to a clear, compelling and more contemporary sense and statement of WCC identity, purpose (mission) and core values.Slide16
Examples (for illustration not discussion)
In every way, in every setting, GROWTH IN FAITH
To grow people of faith who participate in God’s work in the world
To welcome people to faith, to equip people with a faith that works in the real world, to send people to serve in Christ’s name
To be a church where Spirit and Service come together in risky and amazing waysSlide17
Key Challenge # 4
From “all people” to identifying
target audience, those we “hyper-serve”Slide18
Key Challenge # 5
“Upping Our Game” as WCC members
From broad or vague expectations/definitions of membership (“being a good person, being involved”) to a higher level of mutual expectation (discipleship)
Areas of mutual expectation might include worship participation, spiritual practices, involvement in a small group or service ministry, giving/ stewardshipSlide19
Key Challenge # 6
From internal focus (meeting the needs of our members) to a new – renewed – outward orientation (engaging, responding to the needs of our community).
Not only trying to get people to come to us, but more going to them.
Key Challenge # 7
From primary emphasis on faith formation of children and youth to faith growth/ development for all ages and stages.
From “civic faith” to changing/ transforming lives
Particular focus on the un and de-churched, on empty nesters, on “spirituality for the second half of life”Slide21
Review/Re - Work
Changes? What re-phrasing/ re-writing would you suggest?
Add? What additional ‘key challenges’ would you suggest?
Drop? Are there ‘key challenges’ you would omit/ drop?
Note: while we want your comments and suggestions, we will not attempt to wordsmith these key challenges here and nowSlide22
You have five dots/ votes
You may allocate your dots/ votes among the key challenges any way you like: five on one, one on five, two on one and one on three, etc.Slide23
What’s next in Strategic Planning process?
Review of tonight’s conversation/ input
Draft of Strategic Plan with priorities and strategies
Review of draft, revisions
Keeping congregation in the loop
Presentation of 2020 Vision (late
April or May)Slide24
An Evaluation Exercise
Too much challenge?
Just right amount of challenge?
Too little challenge?Slide25Slide26Slide27