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Team Building Workshop | Lead with Heart Workshop
Those who attend the church imagine that working on a church staff must be close to heaven on earth. What a delight, to strive together with like-minded people, for the greater good of the kingdom.
Those of us who have seen this from the inside are probably familiar with a different picture.
We work with sinners, and worse, we are one too! Though we are engaged in wonderful, meaningful work, interpersonal conflicts and misunderstandings can get in the way, hindering our effectiveness and robbing us of the energy and joy that we could direct elsewhere.
One of the key issues is a lack of understanding about how other people are wired. We may think that Doris is picky, pedantic and asks too many questions, but God has wired her to care about details, and actually, that’s a good thing.
We may be annoyed that Kevin can’t focus, or turn up to a meeting on time, but he has a great grasp of the bigger picture, and besides, as a Student Pastor, the kids absolutely love him.
One of the great challenges of any church staff is to recognize the unique wiring each of us has been given, and to learn to appreciate that in ourselves and others, without driving each other crazy.
Believe it or not, there are ways to work together harmoniously, despite our differences.
Best Self Consulting offers two solutions to this issue, depending on the time you have available, the Team Building Workshop and the Lead With Heart Workshop
Clarity and Strategy
Any organization over time experiences “mission drift” – a slow and sometimes imperceptible move away from the original purpose. Particularly in a church, a ministry that was once relevant and appropriate may have outlived its usefulness, or perhaps the original drivers of a ministry have moved on, and there is no longer the enthusiasm there once was. Some ministries need to be allowed to die, some need to revamped, and perhaps some new approaches need to be sought.
Each church needs to recover a sense of what its unique, God-given mission is, what values are important, and what strategy will work best to accomplish the mission. The Clarity and Strategy workshop helps clear away the fog and recapture a strong and invigorating sense of purpose, that will excite both the staff and the congregation.
Giving Boost Program
What would it mean to boost your congregation’s giving by 5, 10 or even 20% over the next year? What resources would that release to further the kingdom, both locally and around the world? The Giving Boost Program leads your team through a proven process to unleash generosity in your church.
Church Mystery Shopper
It’s difficult to know how your church comes across to a visitor. We become so used to “the way things are” and what is familiar, that we fail to understand what our parking, facilities, signage, greeters, welcome time, music choice, vocabulary and more may be communicating to a visitor. The Church Mystery Shopper package involves an on-site visit, and the production of a detailed report on what’s working great, and where there might be scope for improvement.
Package 1: Team Building Workshop
Based on insights from the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory, this workshop helps each participant identify their type, or blend of types. Once this is done, each person will have the opportunity to express which elements of the type truly describe them, how they are wired and how they prefer to work. This usually leads to “A-ha” moments and smiles from everyone else in the room, as they finally understand why John is the way John is.
From this point, it is much easier to chart a way forwards and understand each person’s strengths and potential liabilities, create a common vocabulary for discussion, and work out more effective ways of working together, especially when conflict arises.
This workshop can be done on-site or off-site, and usually takes 2-3 hours (plus 30 minutes preparation time prior to the workshop). It is ideal as the first element of a staff retreat, or a longer term planning session, as it creates a relaxed mood, and an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and
Package 2: Leading with Heart Workshop (2 days)
The Leading with Heart workshop has an emphasis on Transforming Behavior, Enriching Culture and Driving Performance. For churches struggling with Unity, Alignment and Strategy, this is an incredibly helpful tool to work through hidden agendas and other conflicts that might be hindering forward progress.
Using a Life Indicator (somewhat similar to Myers-Briggs) Heartstyles identifies 16 distinctive behaviors that enable to us to live and work effectively (above the line) or ineffectively (below the line). Through a 2 day “Lead with Heart” workshop you’ll learn to identify the behaviors stemming from Humility/Love/Pride/Fear and learn how to Transform Behavior, Enrich Culture and Drive Performance. We’ll learn how certain situations trigger behaviors, and how to modify those behaviors to achieve greater effectiveness, both interpersonally and professionally. For more info, go here: http://www.heartstyles.com/
Package 3: Clarity and Strategy Workshop (3 days)
Using insights from Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, this workshop provides a framework for a guided journey of discovery, answering the 6 key questions that each organization must answer for clarity and strategy:
- Why do we exist? (What is our underlying purpose? This is the “Why?”)
- How do we behave? (What are the values that inform our behavior?)
- What do we do? (If question 1 answers the “Why”, then this answers the “What?”)
- How will we succeed? (What is the strategic plan? What are our “anchors”?)
- What is most important right now? (What will be the priority for the next 3-12 months?)
- Who must do what? (Who is responsible for execution of steps that result from Q’s 4&5)
The result is that an organization will know clearly what its aims are and what strategy it will employ to achieve them. The team will be rallied around a short term thematic goal, and everyone will know what their role is in achieving it – in short: clarity and strategy!
Package 4: Giving Boost Workshop (2 days)
In my most recent church, giving increased 45% over a three-year period. It wasn’t magic. All it took was removing the obstacles that hinder people from giving, and encouraging the generosity that God had already placed in their hearts. Following an analysis of current giving practices, I will take you and your leadership through a proven process which significantly increases giving. Honestly, as a pastor I didn’t much like thinking about the budget. I would much rather be doing the other work of ministry, like preparing sermons or encouraging a struggling member of the congregation. When you unleash generosity in your people, you gain back that time you previously spent worrying about the budget and can focus your time and energy on that to which you were truly called. We’ll look at all the practical aspects, from how we talk about giving in services through to technological solutions, that can make a difference in just weeks to the giving at your church. Topics covered include:
- Moving people from first-time givers to extravagant givers
- Cultivating first-time gifts and encouraging new givers
- Resources to give away, that encourage giving
- Maximizing different channels for giving: mail, in service, online/apps/website
- Following up with givers
- Using membership classes as an opportunity to teach/have people commit to giving
- Frequency and nature of giving/stewardship sermons
- Spiritual gift classes and cultivating giving
- Maximizing the Giving Letter (hint: don’t just send one at the end of the year)
- Giving challenges
- Using stewardship small groups (Crown, Dave Ramsey etc.)
- Using internal stewardship challenges to staff
- Maximizing offering time in the service
- Removing barriers to giving
Package 5: Church Mystery Shopper (1 day)
It’s one of the amazing abilities of human beings that we adjust to almost any environment. Over time, things that initially niggled at us become unnoticed. Smells that bothered us fade into the background. You may have noticed this if ever you’ve sold your house, and the realtor points out the quirky things around your house that you’ve grown completely used to and don’t even notice any more. The technical term for this adaptation is “enculturation” – we become desensitized to the culture, and thus less able to notice what is amiss.
In the church culture this can work against us, since we are unable to view our church through the eyes of a visitor. We have become adjusted to “this is the way things are done” around here. We are not able to identify the items that may be issues or stumbling blocks that put off a visitor and makes them not want to return.
A mystery shopper, armed with the experience of many churches, can come and experience the church just as a visitor would. The difference is, the mystery shopper is then able to report back exactly what was an issue, why it was a problem, and suggested remedies to fix it.