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January 29, 2009

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Welcome to the Bremer Project (Growing Healthier Congregations & Self-Study) Blog!

#3

 

Since you signed onto this project, three groups or teams have been taking a look at the life of your church through new lenses. And they’ve been enlisting the help of others to learn more and more about the congregation and how it sits in its community and what its internal habits and anxieties and hopes are.

 

Who are those others?

What have they been telling you?

Are they getting curious about what you’re doing with the information they’ve been giving you, the stories they’ve been telling?

What’s going to be the payoff for them?  How do you explain the work you’ve done so far and what good it will do for the church? For the members? For the neighbors?

 

Are there particular ways you’ve shared the project with others? Bulletin inserts? Temple talks? Mission minutes? Skits? Posters? Stand-up comedy?  A scene in the Christmas pageant?

 

I want to know.

 

That’s it for now.

Peace. Pat


January 19, 2009

Filed under: Bremer Partnership — ptellison @ 12:02 pm

Welcome to the Bremer Project  Blog!

#2

 

In addition to the two self-study groups we talked about last week, there is a very important third group:

The Growing Healthier Congregations group who learned the method for spiritual discernment of tough issues. This process includes dwelling in Philippians, acknowledging the difficulties of taking on tough subjects, doing a brainstorm on the topic from three vantage points, and having a floated conversation.

 

Your group spent the better part of a day learning, practicing, and troubleshooting this process.  The group was fairly positive as they left that afternoon. But what has come of it?  Here are a couple of questions:

 

  1. Have you figured out a couple of easy questions to try it out on, just for practice?
  2. Who will do the practice sessions? The church council or board? A committee? And who will lead them through that meeting?
  3. If you’ve already done one, what happened?
  4. If you haven’t done one yet, do you have some questions before you try it out? Ask them here!

 

That’s it for now.

Peace.  Pat

January 9, 2009

Welcome to the Bremer Project (Growing Healthier Congregations & Self-Study) Blog!

Filed under: Bremer Partnership — ptellison @ 12:09 pm

 We are so happy and grateful to have your congregation as part of our group.

 

 The journey we are taking involves several months of self-study, using the large-scale Church FutureFinder online tool and the smaller, deeper Congregational Discovery process of interviewing.  There are even two teams of folks:

  1. the CFF team who are working to complete all 12 sections of the online study, and
  2. the Listening Leaders who are working to complete about 24 interviews across the congregation’s membership.

 

What are you learning?

If you’re on the first team, what does it take to do CFF well? Are there skills or knowledge you had to have?  Are there attitudes you needed, or habits you’d pass along to someone else who will do it in the future? And what have you gotten out of doing the information gathering? 

 

If you’re on the second team, what does it take to be a good Listening Leader? Are there skills or knowledge you needed?  Are there attitudes you kept in your mind, or habits you’d pass along to someone else who will do it in the future?  And what have you gotten out of doing the listening? 

 

 

Let me know.

That’s it for now. 

Peace. Pat

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