Here's the situation: A good sized church (over 300 in attendance each Sunday) with a strong infrastructure of committees, boards, councils, and short-term common-interest groups is looking for ways to improve its leadership development process. They've asked me to bring in Art of Hosting for leadership development, and we are starting with a World Cafe focused on the calling question, "How can current church leaders transition minimally involved members into leadership?"
The questions we are currently talking about using are these:
Questions 2, 3, and 4 are currently being talked about as World Cafe questions, with 1 and 5 for check-in and check-out circles.
Question #4 does not strike me as wicked, primarily because I believe this church has done a pretty tremendous job so far of describing its vision of itself and identifying the needs in the community that strike us, collectively, as important. I think the question needs to have a much stronger tie to our calling question to be relevant.
The event purpose statement is:
Got any questions in the can that might just fit?
Hello Amy, great that you posted your question here; but I would advice you to also send this question through our emaillist, as most people will not read it here (I guess). Although It is really good to have these questions - and answers! - here too!
Thanks - was curious right along those lines. I appreciate your perspective!
I am really intriqued by your question about questions. My work is at the intersection of church and neighborhood and I am drawn to AoH. I am just re-visiting this site (after some time away) inspired by the thought provoking first newsletter from Living Wholeness Institute. I don't yet have all the AoH practices or lingo but I am definitely drawn to the principles and essence. I'd enjoy being a conversation partner because when you find the answer to your key question, "How can current church leaders transition minimally involved members into leadership?", you will be onto something big!
Thanks, Amy! I think you are right... this is a question that is probably being asked by more than one church and more than one type of institution!
Here is some harvest from the emaillist that followed...
A great blog post by Tenneson, about working with Teresa with some congregations: Risk boldly the future.
Perfect recommendation, Ria. Thank you!