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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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bishop s convo


Desert Cross Lutheran Church

Tempe, Arizona

Monday, October 17, 2011

how i see the synod today
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

The landscape has changed, but the message remains the same

george barna usa today 09 13 11
George Barna-USA Today 09/13/11

“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.’”

barna futurecast
Barna, Futurecast

1991 24% of those surveyed were “unchurched”

Today 37%

other realities
Other realities

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

prayer is essential
Prayer is Essential

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?

leadership is needed
Leadership is Needed

Adaptive vs. Technical Challenges

Ron Heifitz:

  • Technical Challenges- Are problems we know how to solve
  • Adaptive Challenges- Require learning and changing people’s hearts and minds. Most social problems are adaptive challenges.
adaptive leadership
Adaptive Leadership

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.

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AdaPtive leadership

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

what is eq
What is EQ?

Daniel Goleman:

“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.

navigating the landscape requires
Navigating the Landscape Requires

Adaptive Leaders, Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

and Servant Leaders

servant leaders
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?

concluding items
Concluding Items

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



Howie Wennes-CLU-Youth Ministry Chair Endowment

Jan Flaaten-Donohoe Forum