This is where most congregations will want to begin. Root resources will help the congregation develop the kind of core leadership team necessary in leading the congregation through a vital change process. You should not assume that your church council or other administrative structures are teams. In addition, even if you have a team together, you probably will want to do some capacity-development before you undertake significant changes. Feel free to contact your Congregational Developer to discuss resources to help you move forward.
SeedBed Experience is a three-hour workshop. You may hear about a SeedBed Experience coming to a location near you through your Conference promotional efforts. You may also schedule a SeedBed Experience in your area by contacting the GNW Office of Congregational Development.
- Attend SeedBed with a team from your church. At least the pastor and five other leaders are recommended. SeedBed Experience will be most interesting and useful when there are at least two congregational teams present.
- Content will be an exploration of the three frames: Root, Grow and Bloom.
- Special focus will be given to the ways you can develop an excellent spiritual leadership team.
The SeedBed Experience will give your team a chance to develop some common language and understanding of how congregations find a renewed vitality and some things they can work on to begin moving in a vital direction.
Teams That Thrive Book Study
Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership, by Ryan T. Hartwig and Warren Bird. IVP Press, 2015.
Gather some key leaders in your congregation and study the book together. Feel free to select sections or chapters that seem most useful in your context.
Generally referred to as 1–1s, this is a practice taken from community organizing. It is a powerful way for leadership teams to listen to one another, and even more powerful as a way for them to listen to the congregation. The practice can be used with a “focus” to get a sense of the congregation related to a particular ministry direction, as preparation for visioning or to help leadership develop plans to address a specific challenge.
1–1s Workshop lasts for three hours and includes the basic principles, a fishbowl observation of a 1– 1 and participant practice. Arrangements can be made by contacting the GNW Office of Congregational Development.
If you have gathered a team, you may want to do this simple assessment. Get together with the team, talk about the eight assessment statements, and arrive at a consensus score. Then work on the underdeveloped qualities.
Team APGAR Score
This simple assessment can help your team evaluate how well they work together.
Calling Out Leaders (instead of recruiting)
Calling Out Leaders is a four-hour workshop that can help you and your Committee on Lay Leadership and Nominations learn a powerful process for getting the right leaders in the right places, and empowering them to energize mission in your congregation.
How do you get the right people on your leadership team? A calling system is a far more faithful process for deploying leaders in the congregation. A calling system begins with the person’s giftedness and passion, rather than a box on an organizational chart. Succeeding in a call system is about engaging people in the ministries for which they are created and equipped. People who are called serve more joyfully and effectively. This is a stark contrast to a recruiting system, in which success is about filling in the boxes on the chart.
You can arrange for this workshop by contacting the GNW Office of Congregational Development.
Leadership and Organization for Fruitful Congregations, by Rev. Stephan Ross.
While this book is written to guide United Methodist congregations in implementing simple governance, it is also useful for congregations in improving their leadership practices and implementing a call system.
Chapters 2, 3 and 6 are especially useful in supporting the move to a call system. The Calling Out Leaders workshop is a good supplement to the book.