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Our good friend and colleague Bishop Ed Leidel describes his development work with small congregations as congregational coaching which he defines as:
Congregational Coaching is finding God's synergy
in the midst of community.
Since we couldn't describe our work with congregations any better we decided to use his explanation. Ed goes on to describe his understanding of congregational coaching as an incarnational approach of entering into and joining with the congregation to discover the guidance, collegiality, and encouragement of the Holy Spirit. This contrasts the classical idea of a consultant as the expert advisor or authority who tells and directs people what to do.
|Congregational Coaching||Congregational Advising|
|Behind-the-scenes||Up-front focus of attention|
|Initiative is with congregation||Initiative is with the advisor|
|Hands-on helping process||Distant micro-managing|
|Discovers gifts||Critiques failures|
|Synergetic||"Shifts the chairs"|
|Utilizes congregational leaders' innate gifts and resources||Dependent on gifts and resources of the advisor|
|Encourages mutual interdependence||Creates cycles of dependence and isolating independence|
|Generates hope||Generates need for supervision|
Adapted from Bishop El Leidel
Because this appreciative approach to congregational coaching is incarnational it allows each congregation to develop unique responses to their local community needs.
Rather than imposing external ideas and programs the appreciative approach allows transformational solutions to arise from within the community. As such they are owned by the community and have their own internal motivation and are more likely to be locally relevant and sustainable.
If you have questions about what would work best for you and your congregation send Rob an email and request a free consultation to explore what strategy would be of benefit to your community.