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Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls

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The Authors

Rob Voyle

Rob Voyle

Rob Voyle is an international leader in the use of appreciative inquiry in church settings

Kim Voyle

Kim Voyle

Kim Voyle has extensive experience in career counseling and personnel selection and is a leader in the adaptation of assessment center strategies to the clergy search process.

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Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls

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Overview of Assessing Skills and Discerning Calls

 Time-line for the Search Process
 An Overview of the Search Process
 Theological Perspective of the Search Process
 Creating a Culture of Love and Hope
 Prayers and Blessings for the Search Process

An Appreciative Inquiry Approach to the Search Process

 Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry
 Assumptions of Appreciative Inquiry
 The Appreciative Way and the Search Process
 The A to B Appreciative Way Change Fractal
 Locating Resources to Modify Performance
 Appreciative Inquiry 5D Spiral of Development

Rector/Pastor Exit Interview

Ministry During the Transitional Time: Creating a Foundation for the Search

 Are You Ready to Start a Search?
 Designing A Transitional Ministry: One Size Doesn't Fit All
 Responding to Grief
 Responding to Traumatic Events
 The Ministries of Forgiveness and Reconciliation
 Growing Collaboration in Times of Conflict

Congregational Self-Study and Visioning

 Define Phase: Designing an Appreciative Inquiry Summit
 Discovery Phase: Creating a Summit Interview
 Dream Phase: Exploring What Might Be
 Design Phase: Determining What Needs to Be

Clergy Compensation

Establishing the Search Criteria

 Choosing A Search Committee
 Creating the Parish Profile and Web Site
 Parish Feedback Session

Assessing Skills: The Work of the Search Committee

 Establishing an Initial List
 The Assessment of Skills and Abilities
 Crafting Questions
 Meeting the Candidates
 Typical Parish Visit and Interview Schedule
 Interviewing Principles
 Designing and Assessing a Simulated Work Product
 Assessing Worship Leadership
 Checking References

Discerning a Call

 Creating "Clear Space" to Discern
 Preparing to Engage in Discernment
 Simulated Vestry/Church Board Retreat Discussion

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