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Conflict Utilization Mission Presbytery Workshop. The Model in Outline Reflection/Action on Process. Joining the System (and staying outside) Looking at Structures Listening to Stories Learning from Symptoms Devising a Hopeful Hypothesis Challenging the System to Evoke the Hope.

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Conflict UtilizationMission Presbytery Workshop


The Model in OutlineReflection/Action on Process

  • Joining the System (and staying outside)

  • Looking at Structures

  • Listening to Stories

  • Learning from Symptoms

  • Devising a Hopeful Hypothesis

  • Challenging the System to Evoke the Hope


An Theo-ecological Perspective

  • Thinking spiritually with “Prophetic Discernment” instead of “Problem Solving”

  • Seeing things WHOLE, seeing patterns of how “all things work together,” seeing the interconnectedness of seemingly unconnected events.

  • Recognizing the role of CHANGE, and providing “Transformational Leadership.”


First Task: Joining the System


2nd Task:LOOKING AT STRUCTURES


3rd Task: LISTENING TO STORIES

  • Absorbing the pain

  • Clarifying negative themes

  • Finding the strengths

  • Locating Identity

  • Releasing positive energy


4TH Task: LEARNING FROM SYMPTOMS signs of frustrated transformation

  • Noticeable or significant over and under functioning (saviors/victims)

  • Projection to a third party

  • Impairment in key leaders

  • Expression of emotion or presence of pain which is out of proportion to the issues involved.

  • High reactivity seen as compliance, rebelliousness, power struggles, triangling, and distancing

    (Ron Richardson)


How Symptoms Serve(from Joel Bergman, Fishing for Barracuda)

  • All symptoms serve to stabilize unstable congregational dynamics

  • The greater the resistance to adaptation, the greater the needed magnitude of the symptom in leaders or structures

  • The more covert the turbulence or resistance, the more symptoms will be needed to stabilize the system


Discerning Where God is in the Conflict Using “Sagely Wisdom”

  • Conflict plays a positive role in the congregation.

  • It points to the transformation God desires and the health the congregation seeks

  • Our task is to find where God is and to join God’s loving creativity.


5th Task: A Hopeful Hypothesis

  • Takes a theo-ecological (holistic) view

  • Describes what expect to find:

  • How the conflict is a creative way to deal with change.

  • Offers loving leverage for the leader.


6th Task: Challenging the System to Nurture Transformation

  • Second order, adaptive change, more likely to persist, real learning—OUTSIDE THE BOX

  • Conflict utilization works with God’s holy transformation

  • Not to return to a comfortable state

  • Solved by those with the problem, not by those with authority


Thinking Systemically about Big Bluff City

  • Structural Issues?

  • Identity Issues?

  • Symptoms?


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