Modules on Spiritually Adapting to Change
and/or Leading Change
The Exodus using the Biblical story of
the Exodus as a means and metaphor for exploring spiritually adapting to
change, and for common responses to presumably positive change. Time: ½
hour 2 hours.
Various team building exercises which
explore different aspects of change, such as: major life changes,
emotional responses to change, taking risks and committing to decisions,
dealing with fear, accurately assessing the pros and cons, resiliency,
switching teams, overcoming adversity, change creates opportunity for
improvement, the good that can come from change, coping with rapid
changes, the value of communication when dealing with change, and
typical reactions to change. Time: Each exercise - 15 minutes to 1
Change Responsiveness Style Instrument
an instrument which helps a person to understand their default change
responsiveness style (five possible categories: Creator, Progressive,
Builder, Foundational, Anchor). Time: ½ hour 1½ hour.
Conflict Management Style Instrument
an instrument which helps a person to understand their default conflict
management style (six possible categories: Persuade, Compel,
Avoid/Accommodate, Collaborate, Negotiate, Support). Includes an
exploration of the creative ways Jesus used conflict in His ministry.
Time: ½ hour 1.5 hours.
The Disciples on the Road to Emmaus -
using the Biblical story of the Disciples on the Road to Emmaus as a
means and metaphor for exploring spiritually adapting to change, and for
common responses to presumably negative change. Also, an exploration of
the Eucharistic elements contained in this Biblical story
(Mourning/Loss, Word, Invitation, Communion, Mission) Time: 1 hour
Why We Resist Change Exploring the
various general reasons why we resist change. Time: ½ hour.
Why We Resist Change in the Church -
Exploring the various reasons why we resist change, specifically in the
Church. Time: ½ hour.
Appreciative Inquiry an affirmative
method for planning which builds upon assets and successes rather than
deficits and failures. Time: ½ hour 3 hours.
Thriving Through Change a series of
five case studies (Hard Decisions, From Setback To Solution, Lemons Into
Lemonade, Whats Our Emphasis?, Spending People Wisely) for use with a
leadership or planning team. Each case study has been designed to help
teams deal with some dimension of leadership and change. Time: (for
each case study) 1 1½ hours.
Managing Change a series of nine
modules (Do We Need To Change?, The Angst Of Change, Are We Ready For
Change?, New People, Same Church, Courage To Fulfill Gods Purpose,
Change Involves Conflict, Enlarging The Family Church, Is This The Right
Change?, The Cost And Payoff Of Growth, and Whose Cheese Is It, Anyway?)
for use with leadership and planning teams. Time: (for each module) 1
Spiritual Change Leadership - An
exploration of one practical spiritual change leadership process
(contains the following elements: prayer, dream team, vision, creative
tension, planning the change, planning the transition, communication,
implementation, follow up), for use with leadership or planning teams.
Also includes qualities of and preparation for the change leader. Time:
Who Moved My Cheese a workshop based
on the best selling book Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, MD.
Time: 4 hours.
The LEAP of Faith a method for
adapting to change. LEAP is an acronym for four of the five principles
contained in this method (Learning, Experience, Action, and Prayer).
Time: ½ hour 1½ hours.
Change and the Paschal Mystery an
exploration of how one can use the Paschal mystery as a way of
understanding and adapting to inevitable changes. Time: ½ - 1 hour.
Change Liturgy a non-Sacramental
prayer ritual designed to help people find spiritual strength in the
midst of change. Time: Ύ hour.
Uncovering Our Internal Resistance to
Change - a workshop based on the research of Robert Kegan and Lisa
Lahey, two Harvard educational psychologists, designed to help
individuals and organizations discover the internal mechanism which
resists changes that they ostensible which to bring about. Great for
use with planning and leadership teams which are stuck or having
difficulty implementing a plan. Time: 4 hours.
An all day retreat for parishes which
are transitioning pastors. Begins with the staff working with the
outgoing pastor reminiscing about the past and asking and granting
forgiveness, where needed. At lunch, the incoming pastor joins the
staff and the outgoing pastor. After lunch, the outgoing pastor leaves
and the staff works with the incoming pastor, getting to know one
another and visioning the future. Time: Full Day.
Stumbling in the Light a workshop
designed to help a parish, leadership or planning team develop a
sustaining identity during time of change. Time: 1-3 hours.
Encountering God During Times of Change
a three - five day retreat designed to pray our way through changes.
A series of three - five daily talks with resources for prayers and
meditation for the rest of the day. Time: - 3 - 5 days.
Managing Conflict workshop designed to
give the church leader perspective and tools for dealing with the
conflict which naturally arises from change. Topics covered include:
How to Read Our Critics - evaluating what they really mean, Removing the
Roadblocks to Unity - 4 barriers to teamwork, Classifying Our Critics -
4 common reactions to church conflict, "God Told Me," how to respond
when someone claims divine guidance, Help for handling a conflict
between key leaders, The conflict-free church is a myth, My part in the
Solution, Change Diplomacy - Steps to take before a major decision, 6
Rules for a Fair Fight, How to keep conflict healthy, How to Handle
Criticism. Time: 3 5 hours.