IHBC Leadership ZOOM Meeting

Sunday, April 25 at 5:00pm. 

 

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IHBC LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION

ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP

notes

 

1803 (shortly after the Louisiana Purchase) President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Merriwether Lewis and William Clark (and the Corps of Discovery) to find a practical water route across the western half of the continent. This would establish an American dominance through this territory well before Britain and other European powers could claim it And everyone was completely convinced that route could be traversed completely by canoeing the Missouri River all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

 

In 1804, (after months of training and acquiring the equipment they thought they needed) Merriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They travelled the Missouri River to its source, expecting to find another river they could calmly canoe to the Pacific Ocean. What they found was the Rocky Mountains.

 

Everything that Lewis and Clark assumed about the journey changed. They had planned for a consistent river exploration using canoes. They discovered that what they had trained for and the equipment they thought would carry them to their destination…was all wrong. It was uncharted territory for Lewis and Clark. Likewise, the church today finds itself in uncharted territory.

 

Adaptive leadership is that ability to "learn as you go" and be able to recognize the gap created by organizational competing values. It's about letting go, learning as we go and keeping going. We clarify what is precious and essential to the identity of our church. Reframing is a way of looking at the challenges before us through a different lens, and in seeing it differently; we find the possibilities for a new way forward.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1) What stories, of our church, represent the best moments of us embodying our mission? The stories that capture "this is who we really are?

2) What values do those stories represent about us?

3) Pretend you are a local reporter. The year is 2026. You've been assigned to write an inspirational piece about a local 155 year old church that is thriving and making a big difference in the community. Use your imagination to describe how that reporter would describe us in her article. (ex. what are we doing? how did we get the attention of the local paper? what did we change/adapt 5 years ago that lead to our increased effectiveness? what's different about us, about our community?)

 

Leading people to love Jesus and experience new life.

IHBC LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION

ADVENTURE OR DIE

notes

 

1803 (shortly after the Louisiana Purchase) President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Merriwether Lewis and William Clark (and the Corps of Discovery) to find a practical water route across the western half of the continent. This would establish an American dominance through this territory well before Britain and other European powers could claim it And everyone was completely convinced that route could be traversed completely by canoeing the Missouri River all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

 

In 1804, (after months of training and acquiring the equipment they thought they needed) Merriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean. They travelled the Missouri River to its source, expecting to find another river they could calmly canoe to the Pacific Ocean. What they found was the Rocky Mountains.

 

Everything that Lewis and Clark assumed about the journey changed. They had planned for a consistent river exploration using canoes. They discovered that what they had trained for and the equipment they thought would carry them to their destination…was all wrong. It was uncharted territory for Lewis and Clark. Likewise, the church today finds itself in uncharted territory.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

How do you tend to respond when what you thought and planned for suddenly changes?

 

How does it make you feel when the way you used to do something does not work anymore?

 

Can you list some things that used to be commonplace in our culture, when Christianity was mainstream?

 

What would be lost in our community if we ceased to exist as a church?

 

What comes to mind when you hear that our church must adventure or die?

 

On a scale of 1-10 (1 = not at all ready, 10 = totally ready), how ready is our church to “adventure or die”?

 

What encourages you as you consider our church adopting an adventure of die mindset?

 

What are we passionate about?

 

What do we have the potential to do better than other churches?

 

What will keep us from going broke?

Leading people to love Jesus and experience new life.