Sunday, February 25, 2007

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Changing The Culture ~ A New Kind of Church?

A New Kind of Church
Understanding Models of Ministry for the 21st Century
Aubrey Maphurs

"People are interested in spirituality,
but they aren't looking for today's typical neighborhood church for answers to their spiritual questions.
They view these churches as out of touch and thus irrelevant to them,
and they conclude that the church doesn't have answers to their questions,
at least not the questions they are currently asking."

How should we do church in a changing world?

There's no question the world is changing. Many churches are changing with it, adopting new models for ministry: emergent, seeker, purpose-driven, multisite, and so on. These models have been greeted with enthusiasm, but also with controversy and criticism. What are we to make of this? Does Scripture prescribe a standard model for doing church? Or is there freedom within certain guidelines?

In A New Kind of Church, respected church consultant Aubrey Malphurs addresses these important questions. The heart of the book outlines a means for evaluating any church model, including:

  • a proper way of interpreting what Scripture says about the local church
  • a theology of change
  • a theology of culture and church
  • a definition of the local church

This important book is for anyone concerned with the state of the church, but it is especially valuable for church leaders considering change in their own churches.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Inner~Views: Church @ Community Transformation

LC2C interviewed Ed Delph, author of
Church@Community: Strategic Core Values That Engage Faith in Culture

Church@Community: Strategic Core Values that Engage Faith in Culture

LC2C ~ Ed, what does the title of the book tell us regarding your view of city reaching?

The title of the book, Church @ Community, suggests that the church is here for the community, not the community for the church. In other words, from a church perspective, we're here because they're here. The church is a community within the community populated by people from the community for the benefit of the community. Don't just grow a church, grow a community. I believe that healthy churches in the 21st century will have to be more community aware and relevant.
As I said in the book, the church is the only organization in the world that exists primarily for its non- members. The way the church sees the community is the way the community will see the church. If the church sees the community in a negative way, the community will see the church in a negative way. According to your standard of measure, it will be measured unto you.
For too long, the church has made the community into its own image with the effect of demanding that the community come to the church under church terms and conditions. That's one of the reasons why the church has the largest public relations problem in the world. The church has defined the community in a negative way because of the behavior-driven ethos of the church. The community is negatively defined even before they get into the church. Remember, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Now, the church has to deal with a very negative public relations image from the community. All of this was unnecessary.
So, in my opinion, we need to show the community that, in spite of our differences, we are for them, not against them. We need to look for a way into the community, not a way out of the community. We serve God by serving the community.

LC2C ~ Why are we reading/hearing so much emphasis lately on the need for congregations to engage the culture?

The reason we are seeing a more concerted emphasis to engage the culture is that we have lost our influence in our culture. According to George Barna, the church is not even in the seven top influencers in United States culture. Frankly, we are on the outside looking in. Our judgmental attitude toward the community and exclusiveness from the community has caused the church to enrage the community or disengage from the community. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, we hide and hurl at the "heathens." Anger and fear will get you nowhere. As a result, the church has been marginalized and defined as a non player in the community realm. And we are angry about it.
Engaging the culture is what Jesus did. He didn't stay in heaven and declare..." saved!" The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. Jesus pitched His tent in earth’s neighborhood. Jesus came from heaven to show the way, not preach the way, teach the way, prophesy the way, pray the way, or any other 'way.' If the community can't see us, they won't be us. There will be no transformation without incarnation. That is the way of the gospel. Jesus came to save us-----not from a distance, but from the position of a participant, a fellow human being. After all, salt can't flavor what it doesn't touch.
Natural men don't understand the things of the Spirit (I Corinthians 2), why would we expect them to? Jesus knew that. That’s why the Son of God became the Son of Man. Jesus knew natural men need a natural man to show them what God is like. That's why the church was always meant to be a player in the leadership of the community. Jesus still does that today through you and me. We are living epistles read by all men. They have to see us in order to be us. That what gives us favor with God and favor with men.
If the church has, like many churches, withdrawn from the community, the community is free to define us any way they like. They can be totally wrong in their definition. But, the wrong definition will remain as long as we remain embedded in church. In a real way, whoever defines the church wins…in the community transformation context.
That's why I'm writing a book called The Redefiners! We, as the church, have some redefining to do. I believe that my and your definition of God, Church and Christians is better than CNN's. But, until we get involved in media once again, there will be no change in definitions. There will be no transformation without media, in government, in education, and in business. The problem is not government, media, etc., the problem is we don’t have enough Christians in these spheres of influence who have the ‘Daniel’ type of wisdom to influence, not alienate. Having wisdom and being in a place to use wisdom are two different things. That's why, in Church @ Community, we envision and empower today's leaders and influencers in church to be some of tomorrow's leaders and influencers in the community.

LC2C ~ To some, “spheres of influence” in a new concept. What is a sphere of influence and how does it relate to the Church (or, how should the Church relate to it!)?

A sphere of influence in the community is actually a 'seat of power and influence' that has a legitimate role in the community for the betterment and enhancement of the community. These spheres of influence were designed to work together for the good of the community. Like the analogy of the body in Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 12, each has an assignment, measure of ministry, or task that it has been designed to accomplish. For example, government has the role of being the avenger of wrong....not the media. Media has the assignment of reporting the news, not making the news. Education has a very important role also. Chapter 3 in my book explains the five community spheres of influence and who they are designed to work together in order for the community to be all that it can be. These spheres of influence were meant to complete one another, not compete with one another.
I also show how each of these spheres of influence are biblical and designed by God. The church should not be the government and visa versa. One sphere should not do the assignment of the other spheres of influence. This may sound very radical to some but it makes sense...if you read the book.

LC2C ~
Give a one sentence comment about each of these spheres of influence:

*Government.....The Bible says that government is of God and provides the skeleton of chains of command and leadership in a community.
*Business.....In every community, business and people employed by business, were designed to have an enormous role in the creation of wealth and services in a community which enhance a community.
*Education......Education is part of man filling and subduing the earth enabling the focus and awareness necessary to make people in the community better. Wherever education is lacking, the community underachieves.
*Media/Entertainment......Media operates much like the nerves in a body reporting essential information to the community that is crucial to the well being of the community. Media's role is reporting, not making news.
*Church.....The church contributes the essential character core values necessary for the sustainability and effectiveness of the community as well as making known God inspired issues such as salvation, just living and taking care of others.

These entities or spheres of influence need essential character core values the church supplies or their service to the community will not be sustainable or, at least, greatly impaired.

LC2C ~ Your explanation of the principle of "Right-or- Wrong and Life-or-Death?" is vital in understanding why so many Christians don’t “get it.” What don’t we get and why is it so critical?

The subject of Right-or-Wrong and Life-or-Death? is as old as the Garden of Eden. The tree of knowledge is still at work today. As Paul says in I Corinthians 8...all mankind is vulnerable to being puffed up with knowledge. Knowledge is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Good things taken to extremes become bad things. Just look at the academic elite in today's world...whether in church or 'the world.' It's the same attitude. The devil said....."On the day you eat of it, you shall be like God, knowing God from evil." In other words, you will decide what's right or wrong, you will decide what should happen or shouldn't happen, you take God's place. You become more of a fruit eater or a fruit inspector (generally the latter) than a fruit bearer. You will be judge. That is what the church has tended to do....judge. We tend to see things, not so much the way they are, but as we are. We are generally behavior-driven rather than essence-driven. Jesus ate with the tax gather while the Pharisees stood at the door. Why? Jesus was essence-driven while the Pharisees were behavior-driven. The Pharisees were fishers of sin, not fishers of men. God catches the fish first and then cleans it. The core value of God is being essence-driven first, behavior-driven second. It’s not an either/or, it’s a both/and. We just have to invert the values.
Those two opposing core values take one to completely different places. Where does it come from? In my book, I talk about how the office of the teacher has been the main influencer of the church for 1700 years. In most cases, teachers tend toward the law, behavior, and knowledge. That has certainly contributed to our judgmental attitude toward the community. If you want the solution, read the book.

LC2C ~ You write ... ”If we are going to reach our neighbors, we had better know their values.” This may be the first time in the history of the church that this is; Why?

In order for a shift to happen, we need to have contact and communication without contamination. It's like a television channel. Both church and community need to get on the same channel for communication. That's what Jesus did. He tuned into Channel Community. He spoke the language of Babylon. He had first contact. Jesus was the first neighborhood activist. He pitched His tent in the world's neighborhood. Like the song says, He showed the way. Remember the Garden of Eden, God walks but the devil talks! If all we talk about are the negatives of the community, we are not going to get anywhere.

LC2C ~
What is the role of prayer in engaging a community?

In Church @ Community, I talk about the importance, even prerequisite, of prayer in community transformation. "My house shall be a house of prayer." Why? The Bible says “for the nations.” In other words, prayer is not an end in itself. It’s the means to an end….the community and nations.
Please note that prayer is only one ingredient in the prerequisites of community transformation. There are three other ingredients in the recipe also. Each is equally as important. So, let's not make a thing...everything! When you make a thing, everything, you don't get anything, at least in the context of community transformation.
We need prayer and we need the other components also.

LC2C ~ What is the first step a leader should take in moving their church toward a community-centric perspective?

You have to see it in order to be it! It all starts with a revelation. Until the pain exceeds the fear, there will be no change. I remember when God started me on this walk. I had a fairly large church of 800+ in Phoenix, Arizona. We were a Christian fellowship...a church where no one but Christians attended. That was what God wanted for seven years. Then I heard God say, almost audibly "Trade in your Corvette and get a Minivan!" There is such a time as this and such a time as that!
The concept was "it was fine to be a Christian fellowship then but now I want you to get married and have some kids. I want people to get saved in this church. I want the next generation" I had to go for it. I started the process with a series called When the Saints Go Marching Out! He wanted our people to give the church back to the community. God asked Pastor Ken Gott in Sunderland, England to do the same thing - at almost the same time!
It has to be personal...not a program! I needed a deep concern for the community. It couldn't be the latest church growth technique, the newest book or the latest fad! It had to be personal! That is where it all started. My advice, get Church @ Community and let the Holy Spirit speak to you. If He can get through to me, He can get through to anybody! That’s the first step but certainly not the last!

LC2C ~
Ed, please write a prayer for the Church to become a transformational agent in the community…

I believe the prayer that came out of New Life Church in Glendale, Arizona - one of my favorite places to speak - best exemplifies the prayer of a church for the community.

"Lord, help us to be an influential church for the community. May our lives be an irresistible influence as we commit to passionately serving You. Lord, guide us to be morally pure, grace orientated, people loving, and family centered. Empower us to be financially generous, socially responsible, and evangelistically bold. Change us in order to change the community. Amen."

Ed Delph

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Changing the Culture ~ Why We Fail

15 Predictable Reasons Why Change Efforts Typically Fail
  1. Visit Leading at a Higher LevelPeople leading the change think that announcing the change is the same as implementing it.

  2. People’s concerns with change are not surfaced or addressed.

  3. Those being asked to change are not involved in planning the change.

  4. There is no urgent or compelling reason to change. The business case is not communicated.

  5. A compelling vision that excites people about the future has not been developed and communicated.

  6. The change leadership team doesn’t include early adopters, resisters, or informal leaders.

  7. The change isn’t piloted, so the organization doesn’t learn what’s needed to support the change.

  8. Organizational systems and other initiatives aren’t aligned with the change.

  9. Leaders lose focus or fail to prioritize, causing “death by 1,000 initiatives."

  10. People are not enabled or encouraged to build new skills.

  11. Those leading the change aren’t credible—they under-communicate, give mixed messages, and do not model the behaviors the change requires.

  12. Progress is not measured, and no one recognizes the changes that people have worked hard to make.

  13. People are not held accountable for implementing the change.

  14. People leading the change fail to respect the power of the culture to kill the change.

  15. Possibilities and options are not explored before a specific change is chosen.

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SHARE ~ Some Internet Evangelism Tips

W.E.B Issue 144 January 07
::: learning from each other :::
Every two or three weeks ISSN 471-0323
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THIS ISSUE ONLINE: If you prefer to read this issue on the Web===>Click Headline . .

"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the
other is pulling up" - Booker T Washington

The new self-assessment tool from Internet Evangelism Day enables churches to analyze their sites and assess areas that could be developed in order to be more user-friendly to outsiders.


"HOW ARE TODAY'S CHURCHES innovating to reach a changing world, and which ones are leading the way?" asks Outreach Magazine:

ONE CHRISTIAN BLOG was in the finals for the Weblog Awards at the end of 2006 - HolyMama, but didn't make it to the final list. For some reason, most of the top ten are either laddish or political. Kelsey's blog is just an honest sharing of her life, the ups and downs of motherhood, and much more, from a Christian worldview:

"FIND PASSION AND POWER FOR EVANGELISM". Whitney Hopler has the gift of condensing the message of a book down into perhaps 2000 words. Here's her summary of Ch�Ahn's new book, Fire Evangelism: Reaching the Lost through Love and Power, (Chosen Books, 2006)

WRITING FOR THE WEB: "The rule of thumb when writing for the Web is to keep the information well structured, and to respect some basic, very simple directions. Failure to do so will result in web users never attempting to access your web page again."

SCRIBBLE PAD - useful tips on writing effectively:

A NEW 'FACING THE CHALLENGE' COURSE: 'Facing the Challenge of Television' is a new course for home and cell groups. In eight 50-minute sessions, it covers:
- Creating our world
- Stealing our lives
- Causing 'Truth Decay'
- Distorting reality
- Junk food for the soul
- Pollution for the imagination
- Fuel for our prayers
- Points of contact for the Good News
The course is available at an introductory cost, with sample sessions
online, as a digital download:

MINISTRY. Why it is hard for ethnic minorities in ministry in a majority culture? Ask them:

RUSSIA: Russian web use has grown to 25 million people, or 17 percent of the Russian population:

THE CHOICE BETWEEN THE EVANGELICAL GOD AND THE 'ORDINARY ONE'. Grace Davie, a sociologist of religion, reports a conversation that took place during a survey in Islington in 1968. The interviewer asked a resident: "Do you believe in God?" "Yes", the individual replied. "Do you believe in a God who can change the course of events on Earth?" continued the interviewer, "No" replied the interviewee, "just the ordinary one.",,3933-2424994.html

CHRIST THE LORD OUT OF EGYPT: "Anne Rice, author of the chart topping and culture-bending Vampire Chronicles, has switched from Goth to Gospels. The zeitgest hasn't been so rocked and rolled since Bob Dylan released his born again album Slow Train Coming three decades earlier," says 'To The Source':

MOVIES. It's always different in the movies - even computer usability is so much better than in real life:

VIDEO: if you want to add video to your site, Flash is the best way:


Matt Rich, of the Internet Mission, writes, "One day I turned on my
computer and there was an email waiting for me from a man in Malta. The
email I received asked me many questions about Jesus, forgiveness and
faith. After quite a few emails going backwards and forwards between us he
explained to me why he had written to me in the first place. He said he had
done so because he had stumbled upon my WhyBelieve website by accident! He
told me that he'd been doing some research on the Internet about how left
handed people hold a pen and that one of the websites he visited had been a
board where people had left messages on this subject. At the end of one of
these messages a person had signed their name and then added the words,
" - take the challenge". This man from Malta had seen these
few small words on a website about left handed pen holding and as a direct
result he is now learning and discussing about Jesus and the Bible with me!"

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PRAYER ~ Consecrating Your City

“A city that becomes a ‘crown of glory’ is a city that is consecrated or set apart to the Lord for His purposes, a city with an uncompromised church that is reflecting God’s glory.

It’s a city where the church is victorious, the house of the Lord is established, and His presence is tangible in their midst, offering the protection of His presence.

It’s a city where the priests are watching and guarding the city and contending for God’s presence,
a place where the lost can look at the church and see Jesus
and His power at work in life-changing ways.”
Rhonda Hughey

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Coaching ~ Feedback Guidlines

Why Is Giving Feedback So Challenging? In studying this issue, we've found that there are three primary reasons why managers find delivering feedback to be difficult. Managers looking to improve their feedback skills must commit to shifting their thinking.

Guidelines for Giving Feedback

In addition to identifying what type of outcome is desired, a manager also has to be aware of several other best practice keys to feedback success.

  • Before giving feedback, be sure that there were clear agreements about goals, norms, roles, and expectations established.

  • Make sure that the relationship has sufficient trust. Ask for permission to give feedback, or at least prepare the direct report if you need to share something that might be delicate or hard to hear.

  • Use a neutral demeanor to eliminate blame and judgment. Be aware of your nonverbal communication and tone. Practice using neutral language if this is a challenge.

  • Be timely and give feedback immediately or as quickly as possible, but not in the heat of the moment. If you cannot control your emotions, wait until you can before giving feedback.

  • Be relevant. Feedback needs to be focused on moving forward, not about something in past that will never happen again. Giving feedback about past events which are unlikely to recur serves no purpose and can damage trust.

  • Focus on behaviors that are within the employee's control. Beating people up for things outside of their control is unreasonable.

  • Be specific and descriptive. Describe the behaviors or data rather than giving generalizations. Do not drag in third-party observations and do not give into demands for "what other people think." Remember you are the manager, and what matters is what you think.

  • Be open and ready for a variety of outcomes. If you are just giving feedback to be helpful, don't expect gratitude or enthusiasm. If there is a request, hopefully, the feedback will be received and acted upon. If so, pay attention to efforts and be ready to endorse and praise. If there is a demand and/or requirement that needs to be acted upon, be ready to work with the person to ensure compliance. Be ready to discuss structure (when and how they will do what is needed), accountability (how you and others will know they are on track) and support (how you and others can help). Finally, be ready to follow up with consequences for failure.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

20 City Impact Profiles Online

Featured Cities' Conference Calls

On the last Tuesday of each month, IRM co-hosts a conference call with the Mission America Coalition that focuses on the work of God in a given city.

January's Call (Cleveland, OH):
"Cleveland Hope” brought together congregations from across the city in a massive effort of prayer mobilization and community ministry in partnership with city government, along with evangelism and church planting efforts. How did a denominational strategy incorporate congregations from other denominations? What strategy resulted in thousands of prayer supporters from across the country? How did their "Fresh Coat" initiative receive such favor from city leaders? You can hear how the people of Cleveland answered these questions and more by downloading this Month's Featured Cities' Conference Call===>Click headline to access . .

Clevelend, OH -- January 30, 2007 (46 MB)

Past Featured Cities:

Albany area, NY -- June 28, 2005 (36.7 MB)

Birmingham, AL -- March 28, 2006 (27.7 MB)

Boise, ID -- October 24, 2005 (49.9 MB)

Boulder, CO -- November 29, 2005 (38.9 MB)

Branson, MO -- November 30, 2004 (47.9 MB)

Charleston, WV -- April 25, 2006 (28.7 MB)

Clevelend, OH -- January 30, 2007 (46 MB)

Coachella Valley, CA -- February 28, 2006 (37.6 MB)

Corvallis, OR -- May 31, 2005 (41.5 MB)

Elk River, MN -- March 29, 2005 (39.7 MB)

Ft. Wayne, IN -- September, 26 2006 (49.5 MB)

Houston, TX -- October, 31 2006 (30.1 MB)

Kansas City -- June 27, 2006 (27.0 MB)

Little Rock, AR -- September 27, 2005 (39.3 MB)

Modesto, CA -- Nov. 28th, 2006 (49.8 MB)

Santa Rosa, CA -- January 25, 2005 (52.8 MB)

Springfield, MO -- October 25, 2005 (29.1 MB)

Tukwila, WA -- February 22, 2005 (50.4 MB)

Tuscaloosa, AL -- May 30, 2006 (27 MB)

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SHARE ~ Newspaper Delivers Scriptures

Bibles Hit Cities in Newspaper Deliveries
(Christian Post ) Scripture distribution has taken on a different medium of delivery -- the local newspaper. Going into its 3rd year of operation, CityReachers, an outreach ministry of International Bible Society, has spread the NIV New Testament to hundreds of thousands of homes across the nation and in Canada through normal local newspaper delivery. Each book of the Good News, called "Our City. God's Word," is city-specific, coming to homes packaged and complete with testimonies from residents in their local area. In the latest outreach, more than 118,000 homes in Brampton, Ontario, Canada received a Bible with their local newspaper, The Brampton Guardian. More than 100 churches and local Christian businesses contributed to the $200,000 cost of delivering Scripture to the Brampton homes===>Click headline to access article . . .

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City Impact Roundtable - Latest Registration Information

~~ Fellow City-Reachers – This is YOUR Meeting —

You are invited!

April 19-21, 2007

The Dynamics of Transformation

A Consultation for City-Reaching Practitioners


- Practioners of city or regional movements of unity, prayer, service and outreach

- Leaders of congregations and organizations collaborating with a vision for community impact and kingdom advancement.

- Includes men & women with marketplace callings, evangelistic and compassion ministries, and prayer networkers.


El Paso, TX, home to a longstanding regional movement engaging three city-reaching movements bridging two nations and two states (Juarez, Mexico; El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM).


The CIR will begin @ 1:00 p.m. Thursday and conclude at noon Saturday. Attendees of any former CIR are welcome to join us for pre-CIR fellowship and prayer Wednesday night, April 18 @ 7:30pm and Thursday 9 am to noon.


The CIR has four components—

  1. Roundtable, Intra-City Dialogues: Sitting @ tables with leaders from different cities, sharing journeys, hearing God & discerning relevant take-aways.

2) Plenary Keynote Presentations on Principles leading to Community Transformation by

Reid Carpenter, President and Founder of Leadership Foundations of America

and Eric Swanson, author of The Externally Focused Church.

  1. City Models that demonstrate the keynote principles in action. The focus will be on practical demonstrations of what's working.

4) Relevant Workshops & "Table-Talks"

      Multigenerational Cityreaching (Model of young and old together)

      A 21st Strategy For Evangelizing Urban, Suburban and Rural America Through Content Based Mentoring Of Children, Youth, and Teens

      Ministry and Outreach among Hispanics - Engaging Ethnic Churches to reach the whole city

      Building Strategic Partnerships with Marketplace Ministries

    Developing Strategic Partnerships (visionSynergy)

      Righteousness & Justice: If not now, When? Essential issues for city transformation

      Through the doorway to cityreaching (For those just starting the journey)

      City Reaching Skills: Convening, Facilitating, Coaching

      Veteran Cityreachers share best practice

      The Leadership Foundation model and process - Reid Carpenter

      Research: Measuring progress


$135 Before February 15 (special rate for spouse $75 – fax or check only)
$150 Regular rate February 16 to April 6, 2007
$175 Late registration April 7 to April 19, 2007

One day options: Thursday $50 (no meals)

Thursday (with banquet)

Friday (lunch and dinner) $70

Saturday $50

Please note: Full registration includes 3 meals but does not include lodging.

Register your lodging at Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel (formerly Hilton) for CIR rate of $75.00 - $83.00 per night.. Hotel phone: 915-778-4241 or 1-800-Wyndham. Address 2027 Airway Blvd. (There is also a Microtel nearby.)

Please give serious thought and prayer to participating in the 2007 CIR. For maximum benefit, we strongly advise you come as a team, at least three leaders representing your city's unique mix.... five to seven is even better.

To register, go to and click on the link for online registration or download a copy to fax or mail.

The following are serving on the current CIR Design Team:

Glenn Barth (Minneapolis/St. Paul) CIR Convener
Barney Field (El Paso, TX) CIR Host
Tom White (Corvallis, OR)
Jarvis Ward (Pearl MS)
Phil Miglioratti (Chicago)
Elijah Kim (Boston)
Chris Batz (Muncie, IN)
Max Torres (Houston)
Pat Allen (Dallas)
Charles Daugherty (Cedar Rapids)

Please pray for us as we seek the Lord for His final touches on the CIR.

Glenn Barth, Convener, City Impact Roundtable

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Coaching And Team Building (An Interview)

LC2C Interviewed John Barcanic,President, Barcanic Coaching and Training

LC2C ~ John, what is the path God led you on that has brought you to the point of being a coach?

I first heard about coaching back when I was church planting in the Chicago area. I was invited to a seminar the Chicago Metro Baptist Association held on coaching church planters. I remember having such a feeling of excitement well up inside me as I realized that everything they were talking about was describing me. So much of what I was hearing I was already doing on instinct.
It took a number of years, additional training, and a lot more experience before I felt I could really get involved as a coach in any official basis. Ever since that first experience, though God consistently gave me fruit as I coached others, even informally.

LC2C ~ How does a coach think differently than, say, a teacher or trainer?

If we think of a continuum and label the left end "I'm the expert" and label the right end "my client is the expert" we can come to some understanding of the differences. A teacher would fall close to the left end. The teacher is often an expert in the field and is passing along that expertise to the students. A trainer might come closer to the center where there is some give and take, but really the student is relying on the trainer to provide the answers. A counselor might fall closer to the right end of the continuum. The counselor has expertise that he or she will share, but often it's the act of sharing with the counselor that brings clarity to the client's situation. A coach falls further on the right side of the continuum. The expertise of the coach is to draw out the potential of the client. The coach asks powerful questions, actively listens, and then guides the client to possible solutions. Though a coach will help broaden the conversation with his or her own ideas, it is never to say, "This is what you should do." Rather the coach and client work together to discover the best way forward.

LC2C ~ Teams are "in" because they can be so much more effective ... But what many do not know is that they are much more difficult to lead. Why?

Teams take a lot more time and energy that if you just did the work yourself. A good team leader will often resemble a conductor -- keeping all the different parts of the orchestra together, more than a general or a boss. The reason for this is that teams are only effective in producing results when they're effective in working together. There's a "soft side," a "people side," to working with teams that takes energy and skill. Effective teams engage in open communication, healthy conflict, and maintain group accountability. Both the team leader and team members need to learn to be vulnerable and open with each other. Some leaders don't like the risk involved in this kind of leadership. Others feel like the time they're dealing with "people issues" is really just babysitting, failing to see the connection between the health of the team and its effectiveness.

LC2C ~ What are some of the benefits a coach brings to a team?

A coach can come alongside a team and provide an objective voice. Growing healthy teams requires a common language in dealing with conflict, setting goals, and measuring success. A coach can help provide that language. High-performing teams know each other well, have developed trust, and have members who are open with each other. Coaches can provide safe contexts where teams can begin to grow in vulnerability, trust and openness. They can lead teams through exercises that help foster these kinds of qualities.

In addition, coaches can work directly with team leaders over time. Rather than a one-shot seminar, which can often just be a less-than-useful data dump, coaches can meet with leaders on a weekly basis helping them implement changes that will result in increased team health and maximizing team performance.

LC2C ~ Give us some one-sentence wisdom for building excellent teams:

Wow, just one sentence?===>Click headline to access John's seminar notes on Team Building . . .

* Leadership –The single best thing a leader can do is make sure the right people are on the team and in the right roles.
* Conflict - Healthy conflict is necessary, but make sure it stays on the issues and doesn't become about the team or team members.
* Meetings - Well-run meetings always have a purpose. Ask yourself, "If this meeting is successful what will we have accomplished?" (Sorry, that's two sentences!)
* Communication - I'm going to assume I'm speaking mostly to majority-culture Americans. Minorities and other cultures can sometimes see communication differently which is a whole topic of its own. The most important thing about communication is to make it real, honest, open, and vulnerable.
* Roles - Everyone needs to know their role, the roles of the other members of the team, and how to understand the role of the team leader.
* Goals – In addition to being Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, and Time (SMAT), goals need to be owned by the group so everyone knows who is responsible for what, by when, and what success will look like.

LC2C ~What is the most critical factor you first look for when working with a team?

The most critical factor is the team leader. John Maxwell had it right when he said, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." The second most important thing is communication. If a team can communicate well, a lot of other things can be made to work. If a team doesn't communicate well a lot of other strengths won't be utilized effectively.

LC2C ~ John, write a prayer that teams can prayer together that propels them forward, together, into God's destiny . . .
Father, you've brought us together for a purpose. You've told us in your Word that you've prepared in advance good works that each of us should do. May we fulfill your purpose in our individual lives and in our life together as a team. Give us wisdom, discernment, creativity, energy,and unity as we pursue you and the purpose for which you've brought us together. May we accomplish more together than we ever could apart. And most importantly, may we look back and see that what has been done has been accomplished by your Spirit in us, for your glory. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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