8 Inclusionary Experiences The relationship process by which people are brought to faith in God through Jesus Christ, become connected to a congregation, are assimilated into the fellowship life and care ministry of that congregation, have opportunities for spiritual growth and leadership development, and utilize their gifts and skills through Kingdom involvement.
9 “I” -- Inclusion “Relational” structures Evangelism and Outreach How do people connect with each other and God?Celebration/congregation/cellEvangelism and OutreachAssimilationDiscipleship
10 Programmatic Emphases The functional attempts to provide ministries, services, activities, and learning experiences for people connected with a congregation by membership, attendance, fellowship, or staffing.
12 Accountable Management The administration of the resources of the congregation, the decision-making structures of the congregation, the formal and informal culture of the congregation, and the openness of the congregation to transition, change, and transformation.
14 Life-Cycle Model - Descriptive PROGRAMS:MinistriesServicesActivitiesTrainingINCLUSION:Relational StructuresEvangelism/OutreachAssimilationDiscipleshipThe relationship process by which people are brought to faith in God through Jesus Christ, become connected to a congregation, are assimilated into the fellowship life and care ministry of that congregation, have opportunities for spiritual growth and leadership development, and utilize their gifts and skills through Kingdom involvement. (inclusion)The functional attempts to provide ministries, services, activities, and learning experiences for people connected with a congregation by membership, attendance, fellowship, or staffing. (program)MANAGEMENT:AdministrationPolicyStructureResourcesDecision-makingVISION:MissionDreamEnergyPurposeLeadershipThe administration of the resources of the congregation, the decision-making structures of the congregation, the formal and informal culture of the congregation, and the openness of the congregation to transition, change, and transformation. (management)The current understanding of God’s spiritual strategic direction for a congregation that is cast by the leadership and owned by the people connected with the congregation. (vision)
15 The Stages of Congregational Development BirthInfancyChildhoodAdolescencePrime (Adulthood)6. Maturity7. Empty Nest8. Retirement9. Old Age10. Death
16 Congregational Life Cycle Prime (adulthood)AdolescenceMaturityEmpty nestChildhoodRetirementInfancyOld ageBirthDeath
29 V I P M Who’s Driving? Prime (adulthood) Adolescence Maturity Empty nestVMChildhoodRetirementInfancyOld ageBirthDeath
30 “Driving” in Post-prime churches VisionManagementRelationshipsPrograms
31 “Driving” from Birth to Prime ManagementVisionProgramsRelationships
32 The Big QuestionHow do I get my congregation from where we are to where we want to be?How do we get the right ones in the front seat?
33 From “fix”-based to “solutions”-based The first and principal leadership task is to replace what was lost last in the congregation (V, I, P, M)
34 Leadership on “Growth” Side On the “growing” side of the curve, church growth happens through emphasizing the characteristics of the next stagei.e. teach infants to act like children, children to act like adolescents, teens to act like adults
35 On the younger half of the curve … During the birth-infancy stages, the master story of the congregation is formedA major leadership task on the “growth” side is to help shape and consolidate this story
36 Leadership at Prime (adulthood) At adulthood, multiple visions surface, and leadership is a matter of developing consensus in the master story
37 Leadership tasks on the “right side” of the life cycle Principle: Deal with what you lost latestPrinciple: Determine whether change strategies can be continuous, or must be discontinuous or even radicalPrinciple: The further down the curve, the longer it will take and less likely it will work
38 Leadership at “Maturity” – Revision Deal with what you lost latest: “vision”From vIPM to VIPMSometimes a simple change of pastors works here (though not at other places!)Takes 6-18 months to redevelop at this stageContinuous (not radical) change works best
39 Leadership at “Empty Nest” - Revitalization Deal with what you lost latest: “P”Program vitalityMove from vIpM vIPmTakes monthsFirst stage is nostalgia, then disappointment, then “try harder,” then anger
40 Revitalization at “Empty Nest” Stages:NostalgiaDisappointment“Try harder”AngerIf caught at “nostalgia,” can do incremental changeIf at “disappointment, anger, or beyond,” must lead via introducing discontinuous or radical change
41 Leadership at “Retirement” – Renewal From viPM vIPMInclusion first, then visionMust create lots of new ways for new people (not malcontents) to be reached and included in the life of the churchTakes 3-5 years
42 Renewal at “Retirement” This is no place to use continuous change strategiesIf it is 1st or 2nd leap at trying to redevelop, leadership can use discontinuous changeIf 3rd -4th time, leadership must use radical change to leap forward to new adolescence
43 Leadership task at “Old Age” - Reinvent From vipM VipmVery difficult to initiate without 3rd partyconsultant or intentional interim typeTakes months (a shorter time frame but violently different)
44 Reinventing at Old AgeThis is no place to use continuous change strategiesAnd it must happen within months“Let’s turn the page, begin with a blank, start from ground up”Reinventing, not revising
45 Leadership Task at “Death” – Resurrection From “m” VipmFirst V, then I18-36 month time frameRelocations, annexations, bequeathings
46 What to aim at … Maturity: redevelops toward adulthood Empty nest adulthood or adolescenceRetirement adolescence or childhoodOld age childhood or infancyDeath -> infancy or birthStaying between adulthood and maturity is maintaining “Prime” in church lifeIchaka Diaz “The Pursuit of Prime”In empty nest, if the change is continuous, then it redevelops to adulthood; if change is discontinuous, the redevelopment is toward adolescence
47 Redeveloping: Targets Prime (adulthood)PAdolescenceMaturityEmpty nestVMChildhoodRetirementInfancyOld ageBirthDeath
48 What to expectAny successful “solutions-based” leadership approach to redevelopment lasts 7-9 yearsAfter a decade, it’s time for another redevelopmentAny congregation can be a decade from death!
49 The key at all points right of center: You don’t have to have the same dream as before; what matters that the current congregation owns the vision passionatelyAt every point of leadership on the “right” side of things, a goal is to diminish the controlling aspects of managementReducing management increases energy for ministry
50 Where to Learn From someone who is doing it! A practitioner is better than a book or conferenceYour Virginia Baptist family can help to connect you withLearner to leaderPeer to peerMentor to protégé