"To understand is hard. Once one understands, action becomes easy." (Sun Yat Sen) This is especially true of the church. We may hope and pray for renewal, but until we understand what is holding us back, our every action is ineffective. Three questions have been proven effective in leading to both understanding and action:
1) What is the nature of the church?
2) Where is society taking us?
3) What does God call us to do? (our unique vocation).
There are three questions that guide the visioning process. They relate to nature, context, and mission. In this workshop, Bill Kemp shows how these questions developed by Ram Charan for the business setting can be translated for the church use. Asking the right questions is especially important for congregations in transition. The same questions phrased differently can help individuals set appropriate personal goals. The biblical and theological underpinnings of each question will be explored.
Intentional interim ministers have a tool box they use to bring Shalom to traumatized and conflicted congregations. That same tool box can helpful for individuals seeking Shalom. To find inner peace we must learn from our past, live compassionately in the present, and plan without anxiety for our future. This is more than simply a balancing act. One must develop a healthy decision making process. One must understand the roles and relationships that provide structure for our individual lives. One must find new ways to bridge conflicts and offer forgiveness.
The goals that we adopt at charge conference and the hopes lifted up in council meetings rarely bring about real change. Like failed New Year’s resolutions, last year’s church plans go unimplemented. Instead of developing another mission statement that no one remembers, why not learn how to lead your whole church in a process of prayerful discernment? Workshop leader Bill Kemp is the author of Reality Check 101 and eight other books targeted at bringing about system-wide change in the local church.