Especially for you…..Federated Church Leaders,
LEADERSHIP 2012: December Idea Infusion!
Positively Powerful Leadership
We offer the following ideas for conversation, connecting, and skill building for positive and effective leadership. You can do the three suggested activities in order below, or choose one or two of the ideas for your next meeting. We hope you enjoy the leadership focus on the theme of:
Positively Powerful Leadership
At your next commission/committee/staff gathering we invite you to…
You might want to start the gathering by reading the following taken from the book “Appreciative Leadership” by Diana Whitney and Amanda Trosten-Bloom, (pg. 17):
Positively Powerful Leadership is a two-sided coin. On one side, it is about being powerful: bringing your best forward, giving voice to what matters to you, and engaging with others in creating a world that works for all. On the other, it is about helping others to be powerful: knowing their strengths, having confidence and opportunities to share their ideas, and seeking out support, learning, and collaboration to contribute their best.
Then ask the group:
As a commission/committee/staff team, what are we doing that helps to bring about positively powerful leaders and members at Federated? What do we do that helps others to bring forth their very best in service to each other, the church and the larger world?
Spend a few minutes discussing this. You may ask each person to share his/her ideas about this question with the person sitting next to him/her first, and then share with the whole group.
2) Read this scripture and discuss how this passage touches you as a leader of Federated Church:
3. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4. So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
12. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Dear God, We pray today that our church be a community of grace and forgiveness. Help us build your church with an atmosphere of encouragement as we are grateful for Christ’s work among us, and help us enable the whole congregation to be inspired to give genuine, extraordinary hospitality to all who come though our doors. You have called all of us into Your service and we are thankful to be called into Your ministry. Help us to bring a sense of positively powerful leadership to our roles here so that we can all do Your work in the world with Your abundant love and grace given for all.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
3) Leadership Skill: Positively Powerful Leadership
Read: The Potential of Living into Positively Powerful Leadership
Appreciative Leaders sense potential and can turn it into positive power. They have a way of being – a set of strategies and practices – that makes things happen and gets results. They know that each person has the capacity to contribute in meaningful ways and they see it as their job to draw it out and nurture this potential to contribute to the success of the whole.
Through their words, actions and relationships, appreciative leaders start waves of positive change rippling outward. Positive ripples keep magnifying and multiplying through relationships of meaningful and often surprising ways and directions.
Do: What can positively powerful leadership look like at Federated Church? Here are a few starters; Think of at least 4 other things that convey positively powerful leadership (PPL) at Federated:
1. PPL draws on what is most positive about a situation, making the best of that situation.
2. PPL uses positive reinforcement and positive words to help make good things happen.
3. PPL guides us to being a force for the greater good; using our leadership role and authority for the good of all.
4. PPL is being able to create positive change.
Add 4 more characteristics of PPL at Federated Church:
Now, go out this week/month and be a Positively Powerful Leader at Federated. Bring forth your very best and help others to bring forth their best … go in peace, serve the Lord.
Why we are sending this message to you…..
The Federated Church, with a new governance structure, is carrying out the work of the church for a new day in new ways!
As one way to foster an energized and inspired church leadership team for 2012, the Nominating/Leadership Committee sends you food for a hungry soul (instead of food for thought) and helpful tidbits to help us as we do our work of the Church with an emphasis to…
Lead with heart and
Lift up our growing Ministry Teams…
in the name of Christ, our leader and teacher.
For next month, we would love to hear from you….
Please send us your ideas for connecting with each other, connecting with your ministry teams and for being leaders who lead from the heart with a focus on building the relational capacity throughout the church.
We can share the wealth of innovation and inspiration that you have with everyone:
- What do you do at the beginning of your commission/committee/staff gatherings to build relationship and appreciation for each other?
- What is working within your commission/committee/staff that builds a sense of purpose and direction?
- What resources or ideas have been useful in helping your commission/committee/staff build community?
- What is most inspiring about working with your commission/committee/staff group?
- What have you done as group to support your ministry teams that has been successful and what would you like to do more of?
We look forward to hearing from you.
Blessings and Peace to you during the Holy season of Christ’s Birth,
The Leadership and Nominating Committee
Dawn Dole (email@example.com)
Dana Kachurchak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maren Koepf (email@example.com)