3PURPOSE OF OUR TIME TOGETHER To provide you with processes (Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Mapping) to use with your local units to help you live into a new future. You will have an opportunity to practice the processes and identify assets your unit can use for dreaming the future.ReadAs I was working on this I read the goal the leadership team had suggested: simple and easily understood.I would guess that any time we deal with a new concept or way of thinking – no matter how simple it is – it feels difficult – just like Freida and Franny.But we’ll see where we get today.
4Our Starting PointThe Mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.¶ 120 The Book of DisciplineEverything we do in the Church needs to be seen through this lens of disciplemaking. This seems like a dah, but in reality it is a huge shift in thinking – so as you work today I invite you to keep in mind: does this activity, this program help me and others to grow as disciples for the transformation of the world?
5Strategic Purpose of the Minnesota Annual Conference: Building GREAT ChurchesGrowing in Christ-likenessReaching the least, lost and left outExpecting God to do great thingsAsking people into a life changing relationship with Jesus ChristTelling about our transformed lives
6Building GREAT Churches We want to build GREAT churches that are rooted in and living out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We will do this by creating new faith communities and revitalizing existing congregations to be:
7Building GREAT Churches Purposeful: they have a clear, compelling answer to why church matters.Practicing: the means of gracePassionate: they are excited, enthusiastic, engaged, and willing to invite someone else to share what they have experienced.
8Building GREAT Churches Personifying: Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.Empowering: they call forth and send out people to be leaders in to the church and the world.
9Building GREAT Churches Signs that we are accomplishing our purpose will be people and churches who are implementing the Gospel Imperatives:
10Building GREAT Churches Cultivating Spiritual Vitality
12IMPLEMENTING THE GOSPEL IMPERATIVES Practice Radical HospitalityPassionate WorshipIntentional Faith DevelopmentEmpowered LaityPrayer-filled EvangelismRisk-Taking Mission and ServiceExtravagant GenerosityWhich of these practices focus specifically on the 2 imperatives?Spend time with each of the next slides defining practice and ask for examples of that practice from their experience.
13Building GREAT Churches Minnesota UMW units can be a vital part of building GREAT Churches and implementing the Gospel Imperatives
14Building GREAT Churches The Purpose of United Methodist Women The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the churchYou too fit into the Gospel ImperativesKnowing God and experiencing freedom as whole persons through ChristConcept of mission: reaching new people
15A Philosophy of Change: The Beginning of an Adventure APPRECIATIVE INQUIRYA Philosophy of Change:The Beginning of an Adventure
16An Appreciative Inquiry … What is it? … a change management process that calls forth the positive experiences of an organization through its stories and uses the energy of story-telling to bring about a new future for the organization.The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue Hammond
17What is it…. A philosophy, a way of thinking, a new mental model The “appreciative eye”, a way of seeingPeople, groups, and organizations as expressions of beauty and spirit“Tackling problems” by doing more of what worksGiving time, energy to where we say “Yes”The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue Hammond
18Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry In every society, organization, or group, something worksWhat we focus on becomes our realityReality is created in the moment, and there are multiple realitiesThe Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue HammondAssumptions: groups have a large number of assumptions operating at an unconscious level. Shared assumptions allow groups to work efficiently, but the group may fail to see new data that contradicts their belief and they may miss an opportunity to improve their effectiveness. So it is important to understand assumptions. Assumptions are statement or rules that explain what a group generally believes.Assumptions explain the context of the group’s choices and behaviors.Assumptions are usually not visible to or verbalized by the participants/members; rather they develop and exist.Assumptions must be made visible and discussed before anyone can be sure of the group beliefs.Once you begin the process of questioning assumptions, it may inspire others to dig deeply. 1st step in org. change. It may feel messy.
19Assumptions continued . . . The act of asking questions of an organization or groups influences the group in some way.People have more confidence and comfort to journey to the future (the unknown) when they carry forward parts of the past (the known). (This is the power of the story!)
20Assumptions continued . . . If we carry parts of the past forward, they should be what is best about the past.It is important to value differencesThe language we use creates our realityThe Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue Hammond
21Our normal way of thinking is on the left focus on problems – the negative – that gets our negative energy vs AI valuing what is already working well – appreciating what is best; moving to what might be and then dialoguing together about what should be. Sometimes helpful to think about the end of the process – our vision of the future and then work backward to develop a plan!
23Steps in the Process Interview Process with Questions Share results with the Group to uncover common themesCreate a list of themes and examples of the best.I will run through the process with you. In your handout you will find the questions and process for how to do this. After reviewing the process we will move to groups to experience the process in preparation for your leading in your local church. If you are here with others from your church, you will form a working group. If you are by yourself or are with only one or two others from your church, you will join with others. I have some suggestions about those of you who may be in relationship already or who may be geographically close. I would like you to select a leader/facilitator who will guide the process for your group at your table. Try to work through this process until it is time to gather for lunch. After lunch we will do some debriefing and then move into Asset mapping. Some of you will get further than others. Remember you are practicing a process – it doesn’t have to be perfect. You are learning what this is all about so stop in the process if you have questions and figure the process out – the end product is not what is important!
24Steps in the Process Creating Provocative Propositions “Provocative propositions describe an ideal state of circumstances that will foster the climate that create the possibilities to do more of what works.”The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue HammondEnvision what might be. Write an affirmative statement that describes the idealized future as if it were already happening.
25Provocative Propositions Statements that bridge the best of “what is” with your speculations of what “might be”…Provocative Propositions are statements . . .That challenge the status quo, stretch or interrupt it.That are grounded in examples of actual experience.The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue Hammond
26Provocative Propositions That describe a desired or preferred future; answer the “what if. . .” question.That are worded in the affirmative and in bold termsThat illustrate the ideal as a real possibilityThe Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiryby Sue Hammond
27Appreciative Inquiry Interview Questions Tell a story about the best experience you have had in a UMW unit or other UMW gathering. Looking at your entire experience with UMW, recall a time when you felt most alive, most involved, or most excited about your involvement. What made it a stimulating experience? Who was involved? Describe the event in detail?
28Interview QuestionsWithout being humble, describe what you value most about yourself, your work in the church, your work with UMW.What aspects of your life and experience as a member of UMW do you deeply value? What are the things that matter most to you? Look deeply inside you and try to avoid the “expected” answers.
29Interview Questions4. Describe your three concrete wishes for the future of the local units of UMW.
30Provocative Propositions Questions to help form the Provocative Propositions:What are the “glimmers” of possibility”? What do we want more of?What are the most enlivening and affirming possibilities for your local UMW unit?
31Provocative Propositions What is the inspiration that is supporting the UMW in your church? What are you passionate about?What is God calling your UMW to become? How do these dream statements support the disciple-making practices of your congregation?
33Developing the Next Steps ASSET MAPPINGAgain, I will run through the process and then set you together in the same groups to work through the quick and simple Asset Experience. The top page of your handout has specific instructions. I have placed on your tables markers and post-it notes to have do the asset naming. I will bring around sheets of paper for you to post your assets. You may want to move to a wall where you can put up your assets. Use your provocative propositions as the focus of this activity.
35ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSRecognize Your AssetsIdentifying the assets of your UMW unit, congregation, individuals, and communityCongregational Asset mapping starts by looking at the assets we have in our UMW units: the gifts we have in abundance. Our cups really are half-full! This gives us the power to do far more than we could ask or imagine by utilizing exciting, new, positive energy by breaking us open to new possibilities. We break out of the negative cycles of need, dependency, and inaction that we sometimes experience. the individual gifts you each bring is the starting place. We connect our gifts with each other – doing the things we love to do to motivate us into a new future together. We look for God’s will! Asset mapping empowers people to do what their hearts tell them to do. It’s a way of thinking and acting.
36ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE REMINDER LIST OF BASIC ASSETS- Physical assetsIndividual assetsAssociationsInstitutionsEconomic assetsSee page 5
37ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSConnect the DotsThink about actions like projects, events, campaign, protests, celebrations, demonstration, making or growing or fixing things that will help you live into your dreamsNo bad ideas – be creative
38ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSConnect the Dots to do God’s will.What would happen if you connected two or more assets on the wall?Brainstorm IdeasHighlight networks – add assets if necessary
39ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSConnect the Dots to do God’s will.Develop Actions/ProjectsGive each a name
40ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSVote with Your FeetFollow your heart into actionThe whole is greater than the sum of the parts
41ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE STEPS IN THE PROCESSLearning by doingImpressions, power of community, recognizing results, thinking about open-sum dynamics
42ASSET MAPPING EXPERIENCE OPEN-SUM DYNAMICSHow much faith is there in the world? If I get more faith, does it come out of your supply? Or does your faith strengthen mine, and my faith increase yours and our faith grow on others?Your gain is my gain is our gain.The Power of Asset Mapping
43Can you do this back home? EVALUATION OF THE DAYCan you do this back home?