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10 Stepping stones

By Tessa on Nov 5, 2015 in Resources

Making the Most of these Tools and Resources   The ten “stepping stones” of parish development are Honest self-evaluation Harnessing dissatisfaction Discerning vision Building teams Maximising communication Managing change Shaping culture Enabling action Handling conflict Maintaining momentum One of the key aims of the parish development conferences is that a parish team will go away with a sense of the next stepping they need to address if they are to reach their full potential in Christ. The hope is that when a parish has identified a particular stepping stone the parish team will find one or two resources here that will assist in the process of working through that aspect of parish development.   In order to access the material for use in your parish click on the links, they will be downloaded for viewing on your computer.   1.Some tools for Honest Self-evaluation   Looking in the mirror can be a difficult experience when we fear seeing the truth. Churches can often be adept at concealing unpalatable truths about themselves. Unhelpful and unnamed values can obscure the gospel values we espouse. The following tools may be of help to a parish that is prepared to take that long, hard look in the mirror and face up to those things that are revealed as unhelpful.   1.ChangeAssessment tool will show if you’re really ready to face the cost of change 2.Church life cycle  tool gives an indication of how radical is the change needed in a parish 3.John Truscott’s website (john-truscott.co.uk) offers a number of church health reviews. 4.Ithy Church Assessment tool will give a good indication of areas of strength and weakness in a parish’s ministry. It comes from the United Methodist Church in USA but adapts well enough to the Church of Ireland. 5.Preparation course was used to help parishes prepared for previous programmes of Church21. It can easily be adapted for more general use by any parish. 6.DDA Audit from London diocese relates particularly to a parish provision for those living with disability     2.Some tools for Harnessing Dissatisfaction   One of the articles below encourages us not to seek to quell a sense of dissatisfaction in our churches but rather to stoke it up because without it we will...

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Resources

By Tessa on Aug 9, 2015 in Resources

After the autumn conferences 2015 you will find under 10 Stepping Stones  a range of resources designed to help parishes wishing to develop in particular areas. To get you started have a look at the Congregational Life Cycle: invite a representative group from your parish to discuss where you are on the cycle and what actions might lead to growth rather than decline. Also you will find a Preparation Course which is designed simply to get discussion going about what it means for your parish to develop as God wants it to. It focuses on 6 key areas – Welcome, Fellowship, Worship and Nurture, Service and Caring, Communication and Ministry and Leadership – and may bring to the surface issues that need to be looked at as well as areas of progress to be celebrated. To download this information please click on the links below. It will then be possible to open it on your computer » Preparation course » Church life cycle » Making the most of these...

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