SUPERVISED MINISTRY II: LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE
Applied Courses (Level 2) - SM20902 - 2.5 Credits
Local churches are in the midst of change. Some attempt to hold on to ways of “being thechurch” that are closely tied to their history. Others attempt to reinvent themselves to bemore inclusive, more progressive, or more....well, more something. It may not be clearwhat that “something more” actually is. In either case, congregational membersexperience grief due to loss of members, diminishing status in the community, or theaddition of new music or practices. Staffing patterns and program offerings change due tofinances or interest. Local churches are indeed in the midst of change. Change requiresletting go of what was to accept what is becoming. Change is a bereavement process.
This segment of Supervised Ministry will examine grief, loss, and change in the localchurch. This examination will invite you to consider what it means to be a pastoral leaderin the midst of change. Over the next nine weeks, you’ll consider dynamics of change andthe role of leadership as you engage in day-to-day pastoral ministry. Such a processreflects the experience of ministerial staff members who reflect on issues of leadershipwhile they are actually leading. In this way, you will gain a greater sense of the context ofactual ministry while engaging in reflection on your role in ministry as a change-agent andleader.
In addition to the objectives the learners identify for themselves, participants who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- To appraise one’s own call to ministry.
- To evaluate how one’s own call to ministry can be embodied in the context of a particular community of faith.
- To identify ways in which congregational change can occur which is consonant with the congregation’s values and identity.
- To analyze how a congregation’s history, values, vision and leadership form the context for change.
- To examine a congregation’s current values, vision, and expectations of leadership as a context for change.
- To interpret the congregants’ experience of loss and grief in ways that empower the life of the community.
- McFayden, Kenneth J. ( 2009) Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding
- Our Future. Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, Inc.