Bishop’s Convo. Desert Cross Lutheran Church Tempe, Arizona Monday, October 17, 2011. How I See the Synod Today. Learning to live with and on less Mission continues Discipleship focus is essential Leaders are seeking to lead Collaboration and partnership is happening
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Desert Cross Lutheran Church
Monday, October 17, 2011
Learning to live with and on less
Discipleship focus is essential
Leaders are seeking to lead
Collaboration and partnership is happening
The landscape has changed, but the message remains the same
“We are a designer society. We want everything customized to our personal needs-our clothing, our food, our education, and now it’s our religion.”
“People say, ‘I believe in God. I believe the Bible is a good book. And then I believe whatever I want.’”
1991 24% of those surveyed were “unchurched”
Little or no knowledge of the Christian story
No context for understanding Biblical stories
Negative experiences with organized religion
Hesitant to commit
Language that speaks only to insiders
Sense of our leaders living in two worlds
How’s your prayer life?
What has been helpful?
What gets in the way?
Who is praying for you?
How central is prayer in the community in which you serve?
Adaptive vs. Technical Challenges
The adaptive context is a situation that
demands a response outside your current
toolkit or repertoire; it consists of a gap
between aspirations and operational capacity
that cannot be closed by the expertise and
procedures currently in place.
In an adaptive challenge leaders don’t know what they are doing because it’s a frontier where everyone is in over their heads.
The adaptive leader unleashes the imaginative/creative juices, invites experimentation, anticipates making mistakes and things to fail, but pushes for lessons learned through the experiments
“the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and our relationships.”
Self-awareness: knowing what we are feeling in the moment and using those preferences to guide our decision making, having a realistic assessment of our own abilities and a well-grounded sense of self-confidence
Self-regulation: Handling our emotions so that they facilitate rather than interfere with the task at hand; being conscientious; recovering well from emotional distress.
Motivation: Using our deepest preferences to move and guide us toward our goals, to help us take initiative and strive to improve, and to persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations.
Empathy: Sensing what people are feeling, being able to take their perspective, and cultivating rapport and attunement with a broad diversity of people.
Social Skills: Handling emotions in relationships well and accurately reading social situations and networks; interacting smoothly; using these skills to persuade and lead, negotiate and settle disputes, for cooperation and teamwork.
Adaptive Leaders, Emotionally Intelligent Leaders
and Servant Leaders
“The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?"
What has been most helpful to you in developing your leadership skills over the past 10 years?
Who holds you accountable when it comes to developing/growing your leadership skills?
Missional Church Conference-1/7/12-SITD
Synod Assembly-”Welcoming Justice: Becoming a Beloved Community, Wed., May 30 1PM-Fri., June 1, Community Lutheran Church, Las Vegas
Mission Tables-Congregational, Conference, and Synod
2012 Mission Support Intents-1/2%+1/2% Growth Challenge
Q&A leadership skills over the past 10 years?
Howie Wennes-CLU-Youth Ministry Chair Endowment
Jan Flaaten-Donohoe Forum