Saturday, January 21, 2006

On Saturday, January 21, 2006 Members of our church attended the District Leadership Workshop at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  I was not able to attend, so I have asked that members of our church summarize their impressions and what was learned.  I will be posting their responses as I receive them.  Shirley was first, and her response is below.  She attended two workshops, SPRC and Making Disciples.

Which workshop did you attend first? 
SPRC

Who was the teacher?
DS from NOKC and DS from SOKC districts

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?
Our duties and responsibilities as SPRC members.

What notes did you jot down that seemed important?
We are consultants - not comsumers.  Our role is to help the pastor grow.  We are a reconciling body.  Confidentiality and secretiveness are two different things.  We are to maintain confidentiality, but we are not a secret committee.  We are the personnel committee for the lay staff. We should provide them a handbook.  Everything we do should be in coordination with the Discipline.  We are not the personnel committee for the pastor.  We are a consulting body only as far as the pastor goes.  We consult with the DS.  The pastor needs three things:

  1. Evaluation - from his peers
2.  Supervision - from the DS
3.  Feedback - from the SPRC
The pastor's job description is in the Discipline.

What Conclusions did you reach?
I need to study my handout materials, and review the Discipline

Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
Always have a listening ear and a reconciling heart and mind.

What action items should you follow up on?
Make sure meetings are structured in such a way that they enable the committee, pastor, and staff to do the best job possible for the church and God.

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
Open Communication

Which workshop did you attend next?
Making Disciples
                                     
Who was the teacher?
          Bishop Hayes

What were the main points your teacher tried to make?
We should ask ourselves 3 Basic Questions
1.  Identity (Who Are We?)
2.  Purpose (What is God Calling Us to Do?)
3.  Context (Who is Our Neighbor?)

What notes did you jot down that seemed important? (image placeholder)
Learn to use Asset Mapping.
We have to be disciples before we can make disciples.  We must meet people's needs before we can effectively present the gospel to their lives.

What conclusions did you reach?
We have a lot of work to do at Wesley.

  Did the workshop spark a cord for another idea?
More Bible Study, more outreach, more discipling of new members, use our assets, never stop thinking and changing 

What action items should you follow up on?
Be ready to plan for our own goals and vision after conference

How can we make Wesley act on these ideas?
StraStrategic planning, intentional prayer, focused discussion groups

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